Bridge with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
|Full name||Mark Robert Bridge|
|Date of birth||7 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Striker / Midfielder|
|2009||→ Tianjin Teda (loan)||2||(0)|
|2012–2016||Western Sydney Wanderers||95||(28)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 September 2016.
Mark Bridge (born 7 November 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a striker for Thai League club Chiangrai United. Bridge is the Western Sydney Wanderers' highest goal scorer, as well as the scorer of their first ever goal, earning himself the nickname 'King Bridge' among fans. On 18 April 2015 in the 26th-round match against Adelaide United, Bridge became the ninth player to reach 200 A-League games.
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.
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. He scored his first goal for Sydney in their 5–2 demolition of Perth Glory at the Sydney Football Stadium.
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 during the offseason with Sydney FC. However, Tianjin's failure to qualify from the group stage of the 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 AFC Champions League keeping Sydney's chances of progressing through to the next round alive.
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.
Bridge asked for and received a mutual termination of his Sydney FC contract on 1 June 2012.
Western Sydney Wanderers
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.
Bridge scored the Wanderers' first ever hat-trick in the round 16 6–1 thrashing of Adelaide United in their inaugural season. Bridge was also the Wanderers' top goalscorer for the 2012–13 A-League season with 11 goals. Bridge is also the club's all-time top goalscorer.
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.
- As of 6 May 2016
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2012–13||27||11||–||–||0||0||27||11|
With Newcastle Jets:
With Sydney FC:
With Western Sydney Wanderers:
- Newcastle Jets Player's Player of the Year: 2006–07
- Western Sydney Wanderers Golden Boot: 2012–13
- Western Sydney Wanderers Player of the Year: 2012–13
- A-League All Stars: 2013
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- Star trio unveiled for Sydney FC Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2008
- Asian door opens for Bridge
- "Comeback Kings Sydney Seal Vital Win". Australian FourFourTwo. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Thrilling Big Blue Ends Goalless". FourFourTwo Australia. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
- "Sydney FC grants Mark Bridge a release". Sydney FC. 1 June 2012.
- Huguenin, Michael (26 May 2016). "It's Official Western Sydney Wanderers Striker Mark Bridge Coming to Chiang Rai United". Chiang Rai Times.
- Murphy, Paul (27 May 2016). "Ex-Socceroo Mark Bridge signs with Chiang Rai United in Thai League". ESPN FC.