Mark Bridge

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Mark Bridge
Mark Bridge Football Player For The Western Sydney Wanderers.jpg
Bridge with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mark Robert Bridge
Date of birth (1985-11-07) 7 November 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker / Left Wing
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 19
Youth career
Parramatta Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Parramatta Power 5 (0)
2005–2008 Newcastle Jets 50 (13)
2008–2012 Sydney FC 80 (17)
2009 Tianjin Teda (loan) 2 (0)
2012– Western Sydney Wanderers 47 (15)
National team
2004–2005 Australia U-20 9 (9)
2006–2008 Australia U-23 23 (3)
2008 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Bridge (born 7 November 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a striker for A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC.[1]

Club career[edit]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

Bridge joined Newcastle from Parramatta Power in 2005 during the inaugural A-League season. Although it took some time for Bridge to find his feet he was the Jets best player during his second season (2006/07) at the club scoring 8 goals during the season.

Although his third season with the Jets only yielded four goals, his last for the Jets was the most decisive, being the only goal in the 2007-08 A-League Grand Final.[2]

Sydney FC[edit]

As his contract had expired at the Jets, Bridge subsequently left the team and was unveiled as a Sydney FC player on 3 March 2008 alongside Simon Colosimo and John Aloisi.[3] He scored his first goal for Sydney in their 5-2 demolition of Perth at the SFS.

On 11 February 2009, Bridge arrived Kunming, Yunnan province, China, meet with Tianjin TEDA. He signed a four-month loan deal for Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda FC during the offseason with Sydney FC.[4] However, Tianjin's failure to qualify from the group stage of AFC Champions League meant that he had made the last appearance for the club and would return to Sydney FC at the end of May.

He became the first player to score in two A-League Grand finals with his headed goal against Melbourne Victory in the 09-10 edition, which Sydney went on to win on penalties

Bridge scored the third goal in the 3-2 victory of Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, during the 2011 Champions League keeping Sydney's chances of progressing through to the next round alive.[5]

Bridge was sent from the field after being given a red card in the opening game of the 2011–12 A-League season against Melbourne Victory, following an altercation in which Bridge struck Victory player Rodrigo Vargas in the throat. The match would finish 0-0.[6]

Bridge asked for and received a mutual termination of his Sydney FC contract on 1 June 2012.[1]

Western Sydney Wanderers FC[edit]

On 30 June 2012 it was officially announced he had joined the newly formed Western Sydney Wanderers club.[7]

On 27 October 2012 Bridge scored the first ever A-League goal for the Western Sydney Wanderers, against Brisbane Roar in the Wanderers fourth game of their inaugural season.

International career[edit]

Mark Bridge has played for the Australian U-20 Squad where he made 9 appearances and scored 9 goals. He is currently a member of Australia U-23 national team. He was also called up to Australia senior squad for their Asian Cup qualifiers, in a match against Kuwait on 16 August. He was hoping to be included in the Australia senior squad for the Asian Cup games against Qatar, China and Iraq, but was not selected.

Bridge made his senior international debut against Singapore in a friendly match on March 2008.

Bridge was selected for the 2008 Australian Olympic squad.

A-League statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Newcastle Jets 2005-06 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0
2006-07 24 8 5 4 0 2 0 0 0 28 8 7
2007-08 20 5 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 22 7 2
Newcastle Jets total 50 13 7 6 2 2 0 0 0 56 15 9
Sydney FC 2008-09 21 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 24 5 2
2009-10 23 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 9 1
2010-11 18 1 6 0 0 0 5 0 1 23 1 7
2011-12 18 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3 1
Sydney FC total 80 17 10 3 1 0 5 0 1 88 18 11
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012-13 27 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 11 3
2013-14 19 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 21 5 0
Western Sydney total 47 15 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 49 16 3
Career total 177 45 20 9 3 2 7 1 1 193 49 23

Honours[edit]

With Sydney FC:

With Newcastle Jets:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/sydneyfc/news-display/Sydney-FC-grants-Mark-Bridge-a-release/47577
  2. ^ Ritson, John (24 February 2008). "Jets 1 - Mariners 0: Minute by Minute". AU FourFourTwo. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Star trio unveiled for Sydney FC Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2008
  4. ^ Asian door opens for Bridge
  5. ^ "Comeback Kings Sydney Seal Vital Win". Australian FourFourTwo. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Thrilling Big Blue Ends Goalless". FourFourTwo Australia. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/wanderers-fc-reveal-latest-signings/47918

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