You never know who’s going to surface or resurface in Major League Soccer.
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As one wise Twitter user points out, it’s truly an incredible hodgepodge of “who’s who” and “who’s that” talent from all around the world — often times playing alongside one another on the same team.
So no one even batted an eye when ESPN’s Taylor Twellman reported on Sunday that the New York Red Bulls have signed former Chelsea, Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers speedster — and older brother of Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips — Shaun Wright-Phillips.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) July 26, 2015
Wright-Phillips, who was most recently with QPR and made just four Premier League appearances during the 2014-15 season, was once a highly regarded, young England international with an extraordinarily bright future (31 goals scored for Man City by the age of 23), but extremely inconsistent form over the last the last 10 years quickly curbed his international prospects.
Wright-Phillips, now 33, has been training/trialling with the Red Bulls since mid-June in an attempt to regain and maintain fitness as a free agent. According to the New York Post‘s Brian Lewis, SWP’s contract will be of the non-Designated Player variety, meaning he will make (probably considerably) less than $436,250 prorated over a full season.