Muscat preparing to teach young-guns a lesson

Next Friday night’s Kevin Muscat Testimonial match at Melbourne’s new AAMI Park is getting closer

Next Friday night-s Kevin Muscat Testimonial match at Melbourne-s new AAMI Park is getting closer, and today we can announce the ‘Come Play XI- set to take on Melbourne Victory.

The occasion will honour Victory-s long-serving skipper, who has captained the club since it-s inception 5 years ago, and gives Australia-s brightest young talent the chance to participate in the first football match ever played at Melbourne-s new purpose-built rectangular stadium.

When AAMI Park lights up football for the first time, it will also give members and supporters an opportunity to experience the atmosphere and visual proximity, at the clubs new home.

Melbourne Victory Football Operations Manager, Gary Cole, encouraged fans to join in the festivities; “it-s a great opportunity for them to show their appreciation for Kevin and at the same time cast an eye over the next generation of potential-Socceroos.”

“With some of Australia-s best youngsters, such as Leckie and Zullo set to take on our boys, it certainly should be an interesting contest.

“The night really is a fitting tribute to Kevin who has been a fantastic servant for Australian football over a long period of time. He-s without doubt helped the game to scale new heights in this country” Cole said.

With Muscat still to decide on his playing future - Friday May 14th could be the last opportunity fans have to see their dual-Premiership and Championship winning skipper in action.

Playing Squads

Melbourne Victory Squad

1 Mitchell Langerak 2 Kevin Muscat 3 Mate Dugandzic 6 Leigh Broxham 8 Grant Brebner 9 Semir Sivic 11 Marvin Angulo 12 Rodrigo Vargas 15 Tom Pondeljak 16 Carlos Hernandez 17 Matthew Foschini 19 Evan Berger 20 Glen Moss 22 Nick Ward 23 Adrian Leijer 24 Luke Pilkington 25 Aziz Behich 28 Diogo Ferreira 29 Petar Franjic

Come Play XI Squad

Name Club, Country Dean Bouzanis Accrington Stanley FC (on loan from Liverpool FC) Mark Birighitti Adelaide Untied, Australia Francesco Monterosso Adelaide Untied, Australia Mathew Leckie Adelaide Untied, Australia Michael Zullo Brisbane Roar, Australia Adam Sarota Brisbane Roar, Australia Luke DeVere Brisbane Roar, Australia Osaka Cernak Brisbane Roar, Australia Sam Gallagher Central Coast Mariners, Australia Mustafa Amini Central Coast Mariners, Australia Matthew Lewis Central Coast Mariners, Australia Brendan Hamill Melbourne Heart, Australia Klim Taseski Melbourne Heart, Australia Nikola Stanojevic Uncontracted Jack Hingert North Queensland Fury, Australia

Match Details

Melbourne Victory v Come Play XI Friday, May 14, 2010 AAMI Park, kick-off 8:00pm Tickets are available for purchase from Ticketek by calling 132 849 or through ticketek.com.au