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Rumor: Bradley Wright-Phillips on Grenada's radar for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

Is BWP about to get an invitation to the Caribbean?

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Bradley Wright-Phillips has enjoyed a pretty charmed life since moving to the New York Red Bulls in 2013. He landed at RBNY just in time to help the club toward its first ever major trophy: the 2013 Supporters' Shield. In 2014, he established himself as the one of the team's most effective strikers by tying the MLS single-season scoring record. In 2015, he continues to be RBNY's leading goalscorer and has recently been joined by his brother, Shaun.

The brothers Wright-Phillips last played together a decade ago, in the 2004-05 season of the English Premier League , when they were both playing for Manchester City. They celebrated their reunion in Shaun's debut appearance for RBNY - against Philadelphia Union - when Bradley scored his ninth goal of the season off a pass from his brother.

It is a good time to be BWP: scoring goals and winning games alongside brother Shaun. Aside from a few more trophies, what more could he want professionally?

Well, BWP's career has yet to include a senior international cap. He played a handful of games for England's U-20 team, but the full national team call never came as the younger Wright-Phillips dropped out of top-flight English football and made his name as an effective scorer in the lower leagues. He is 30 years old now and unlikely to seriously trouble the England national team selectors, but he might have another international soccer option: Grenada. Bradley and brother Shaun have their mother's Caribbean roots to thank for the connection, and Grenada's interest in bringing BWP into its lineup stretches back to at least 2009.

Whispers out of the Caribbean's Spice Island suggest the Grenada Football Association is looking to bolster its squad for its upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying matches against Haiti. The FA is thought to be contemplating foreign-based and foreign-born players, including RBNY's BWP.

Grenada is scheduled to play Haiti on September 4 and September 8. As it happens, RBNY has no games scheduled between August 30 (when it plays D.C. United) and September 11 (when it plays Chicago).

The winner of the series progresses to the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, set to run from November 2015 to March 2016. Grenada is not expected to get past Haiti, but if the Spice Boys were to upset the odds, they would join a group comprising Costa Rica, Panama and either Jamaica or Nicaragua (i.e. almost certainly Jamaica).

Might we see Roy Miller, Kemar Lawrence and BWP sharing a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group this year? Maybe - it should be noted that Grenada beating Haiti would be even more surprising than BWP accepting a call-up from the Spice Island.

Once A Metro tried to lure Cheney Joseph, president of the Grenada Football Association, into further comment on the matter - and received a good-humored but non-committal response:

Could BWP be the next Red Bull to receive the compliment of an international call-up? Perhaps. OaM will keep an eye out for more news on the matter.