Confirmed: Shaun Wright-Phillips joins New York Red Bulls

Shaun Wright Phillips

The ex-Manchester City and Chelsea winger joins brother Bradley at the MLS club after being released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season.

After training with the club for the past month, Shaun Wright-Phillips has opted to make his stint with the New York Red Bulls permanent.

The former Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers winger joins brother Bradley at the MLS club, who confirmed his signing on their official website after weeks of speculation about a potential deal.

"We are pleased to add Shaun to our club," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. "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."

Sporting Director Ali Curtis added: "Shaun is a proven player who has played on soccer’s largest stage. 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.”

Wright-Phillips, 33, spent the past four seasons at Queens Park Rangers, racking up 72 total appearances, while adding two goals and eight assists.

However, the diminutive midfielder, who has 36 England caps to his name, endured a miserable 2014-15 campaign before being released this summer, making just four Premier League cameos for a total of 129 minutes as the Hoops finished bottom of the table.

Nevertheless, despite his recent QPR struggles, the World Cup veteran should still have something left to offer MLS and, if he could prove even half as successful as his brother – who bagged 27 goals in 2014 to win the Golden Boot and equal the league’s single-season scoring record, then the Red Bulls would be more than pleased.

The club have been looking for a big-name addition out wide since the retirement of former skipper and star man Thierry Henry in December and, in the experienced Wright-Phillips, it looks like they have found their man.

He might not be able to match the Arsenal legend’s production in New York but, if he can show just some of the talent which earned him a £21 million move to Chelsea in 2005, then it won’t be hard for him to become a fan favourite.

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