For over a month now, the New York Red Bulls have had Shaun Wright-Phillips, brother of Bradley Wright-Phillips in training with the team to retain "fitness", although we all know what that meant. Today the team announced the signing of the older Wright-Phillips. As per league rules, the terms of the contract have not been disclosed by the team.
"Shaun is a proven player who has played on soccer's largest stage," said Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "He can play a number of positions for us and is an excellent fit in our locker room. When we evaluated the unique set of circumstances along with the quality that Shaun has, it became apparent that we needed to be aggressive about adding Shaun to our club. We are pleased that he will be wearing a Red Bull jersey and we can't wait for him to take the field."
"We are pleased to add Shaun to our club," said Head Coach Jesse Marsch. "Shaun has performed at the highest levels of the game for his entire career, in the Premier League and on the international level, and brings a wealth of talent and experience. He has been training here and we have seen his professionalism day in and day out. We think he is a tremendous addition both on the field and as a veteran presence in our locker room."
Wright-Phillips comes to the Red Bulls after spending the last four years with Queens Park Rangers who bounced between the Barclay's Premiere League and the Championship. His resume also include stints at Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, and the England National Team.
Shaun's position is left winger, so he'll challenge Mike Grella and Sal Zizzo for a starting role. While he'll be available for selection Saturday, expect him to come off the bench for a while as he acclimates to MLS.
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