Los Angeles Soccer: Pablo Zabaleta

Not all of Man City's stars are here

July, 14, 2011
Manchester City FC arrived in So Cal for training last weekend. Now we know who the Blues are. And who they aren't.

The English Premier League club's roster for three games in the World Football Challenge series of exhibitions -- including the July 24 friendly against the Galaxy at Home Depot Center -- was released Thursday. The names of those not here are about as impressive as those who are.

There's almost $110 million worth of talent -- that's 20 David Beckhams -- missing from Man City's 17-day North American tour. For instance, superstar Ivorian striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who spent the last half of last season on loan to Real Madrid and, the English media speculates, is awaiting a full transfer to the Spanish giant.

Maybe he should have come along. Real Madrid is in town, too, ahead of its game Saturday against the Galaxy at the Coliseum.

Adebayor wasn't happy to be left off the travel roster.

“I don't know what I have done wrong,” Adebayor said this week, according to Sky Sports. “I get an email out of the blue on my holidays telling me I wasn't going on the [U.S.] tour, and they told me I am not going to train with the first team. It's an insult to me to tell me I am now only fit to train with the reserves. I will return to training, but I feel I've been let down and disrespected.”

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, the Blues' biggest star, is away at Copa America, South America's club championship. So are Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta and Paraguayan forward Roque Santa Cruz, although Santa Cruz isn't expected to return to the club.

Neither is Irish goalkeeper Shay Given, who is in the final stages of a move to Aston Villa. Welsh forward Craig Bellamy and English defenders Wayne Bridge and Nedum Onuoha also appear to be headed out.

And Ivorian defender Kolo Toure is serving a six-month suspension after failing a drug test last spring.

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