Manchester United will bid a final farewell to one the true greats of the game, Paul Scholes, and the newly revived New York Cosmos will be there to play in the testimonial. Being invited to play in such a match is truly an honor for the Cosmos. This shows the respect the team is receiving from the rest of the world, as New York will be the first club from the United States to ever play at Old Trattford against Manchester United.
Former United and French great Eric Cantona is now Director of Soccer for the Cosmos, and he, along with Honorary President Pele, has assembled a world-class roster to play alongside homegrown academy players. King Eric has chosen the following international stars for his side: Brad Friedel, Gary Neville, Wayne Bridge, Patrick Vieira, Fabio Cannavaro, Sol Campbell, Robert Pires, Nicky Butt, Dwight Yorke, Robbie Keane, Michel Salgado and Brian McBride.
Together, they have over 1000 international caps, two World Cups, five UEFA Champions League trophies, 21 English Premier League titles, five Serie A scudettos, four La Liga titles and 17 FA Cups. Most academy players would be honored to join a training session with these giants, but playing alongside them today will be: Chad Calderone, Ibrahim Diaby, Yanik Reyering, Stefan Dimitrov, Dane Murphy, Marvin Iraheta, Moriken Sangary, Armando Gaitan and Dwayne Smith.
The game seems to be a perfect match. One the game’s international greats, Paul Scholes, ends his brilliant career with the biggest club in the world. It will be against the team from the biggest city in the world, known for its international players brought to the US, in its first match in over 25 years. Manchester United fans will enjoy the opportunity to see a hero lace his boots one last time.
New York Cosmos fans will hope to witness the passing of the torch, as one great career comes to an end and the resurrection of a great team will begin. With Pele and Cantona on the bench, there could be no better guidance for this game, and no stronger announcement that the team didn’t simply wish to come back, but to do so in all its greatness.