‘One of the best forwards in MLS history’: Bradley Wright-Phillips leaves New York Red Bulls after prolific six years stateside
- Bradley Wright-Phillips joined New York Red Bulls from Charlton Athletic in 2013
- The striker flourished in Major League Soccer, scoring an abundance of goals
- Red Bulls recently announced they would retire Wright-Phillips’ number 99 shirt
- The 34-year-old was a two-time Golden Boot winner and scored 126 goals in all
Bradley Wright-Phillips has left New York Red Bulls after six prolific years at the MLS club.
Wright-Phillips, who moved to the US in 2013 from Charlton Athletic, was described as ‘one of the best forwards in MLS history’ by Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett.
The 34-year-old won the golden-boot twice and although he couldn’t guide his team to the MLS Cup, he has an impressive strike rate of 126 goals in 240 Red Bulls appearances – he leaves the club following the expiration of his contract.
Bradley Wright-Phillips leaves New York Red Bulls after six excellent years in the United States
The forward moved to the MLS after a lacklustre final season in English football for Charlton
‘He [Wright-Phillips] had an incredible run with this club and will be remembered here as a great player, team-mate, and person.
‘We thank him for all that he has accomplished and helped the club accomplish.’
Bradley, brother of former England international Shaun Wright-Phillips and son of Ian Wright, started his career at Manchester City but couldn’t consolidate a place in the first-team there and moved to Southampton in 2006 for £500,000.
Spells at Plymouth Argyle, Charlton and a loan period at Brentford followed, before he turned round his career in the MLS.
Wright-Phillips’ number 99 shirt will be retired once he decides to hang up his boots
In his first season he scored 27 goals, more than team-mate at the time Thierry Henry.
He leaves the Big Apple now as the MLS’ all-time European goalscorer, and he notched 20 league goals or more in three different seasons – the first player ever to do so.
In recognition of his contribution to the club, New York Red Bulls announced in August they will will retire their number 99 shirt once Wright-Phillips decides to hang up his boots – it is not yet known what his next move will be.
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