Kristian Dyer apparently cannot go to a New York Red Bulls' training session these days without tripping over a trialist. A couple of days ago, BigAppleSoccer.com's Contributing Editor unearthed the news that Jamaican Devon "Speedy" Williams has been auditioning for a contract with the RBNY. Now, Dyer has spotted Shaun Wright-Phillips, brother of Bradley and recently released by Queens Park Rangers, roaming the training ground in Hanover.
The report is quick to state that SWP happens to be around because his brother got married recently (Congrats, BWP!): the training stint is just a way for the 33-year-old to work on his fitness and, presumably, maximize the time spent with brother Brad during this visit to the USA.
Dyer did, however, find two players in training who were not merely stray wedding guests. Trey Williams and Andre Fortune are reported to be on trial with RBNY.
As it happens, Williams was part of the same club as SWP last season: QPR. Perhaps they know each other. Williams was part of the club's U-18 cohort, but was released last month. BigAppleSoccer.com describes him as an attacking player and he did score at least one goal for his team last season - against Cardiff City's U-18s.
Fortune is part of the current U-20 age group: he played for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, to which the US sent a squad that included several players from the roster that just went to New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup (including Rubio Rubin and Shaquell Moore).
The midfielder scored twice for T&T - leading his team's scoring for the tournament. The young Trinidadians beat Costa Rica 2-0 in the group stage to get to the quarter-finals, where they ran into home team Panama and lost 4-2 (Fortune opened the scoring in that match).
He was also part of the T&T squad that won the 2014 U-20 Caribbean Cup, which was hosted in Trinidad. Fortune scored his country's opening goal of that tournament (against Suriname). In the build up to the competition, he was also part of T&T national team selection that played Guadeloupe in an unofficial friendly (it was effectively a U-20 warm-up match for Trinidad and Tobago). Fortune was still with the U-20s for the December 2014 camp that preceded the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, but didn't make the final squad selected for the competition.
He is American-born, however, and got attention from the US U-15 set-up and Manchester City in 2011. Unfortunately, he broke his leg during his training stint with Man City. Since then, the player has also trained with NASL's Carolina Railhawks.
RBNY has one MLS roster spot open, but plenty of space remaining with NYRB II, the club's USL team.