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‘Let’s do this’: Bradley Wright-Phillips announces his arrival to LAFC

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Bradley Wright-Phillips is taking his talents to Los Angeles.

The New York Red Bulls legend, who left the club in November after seven seasons, is joining MLS Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC, according to his personal Twitter account.

The news comes after it was reported that the 34-year-old had joined LAFC’s preseason as a trialist in hopes securing a contract with Bob Bradley‘s side.

The forward, a two-time MLS Golden Boot winner, saw his productivity rates drop drastically last season as injuries became a common theme. Despite making 24 appearances, Wright-Phillips was limited to nine starts (1098 minutes in total), scoring only two goals all season.

At the end of the season, the Red Bulls decided to not offer the soon-to-be 35-year-old a new contract.

LAFC, in need of proven, attacking depth as they head into a busy 2020 which will include CONCACAF Champions League play, will get one of the league’s most prolific goalscorers in the Englishmen.

In seven seasons with the Red Bulls, Wright-Phillips scored 108 goals – the fastest player in MLS history to reach the century mark. In three out of the seven seasons, the attacker posted more than 20 goals, with the then-record-tying 27 goal campaign in 2014 the hallmark of the bunch.

LAFC have yet to release an official statement on the signing of Wright-Phillips.

Reports: NYCFC to play CONCACAF CL game at Red Bull Arena

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NYCFC has been left red-faced as it gets set to open its season early against Costa Rican side AD San Carlos in CONCACAF Champions League play.

According to a report by Costa Rican publication CRHoy, which includes quotes from San Carlos executive Gustavo Perez, the Major League Soccer club will play its home leg of the matchup at Red Bull Arena due to the the unavailability of Yankee Stadium. The Athletic reporter Sam Stejskal confirmed the report.

“They wanted to avoid playing there because of the rivalry they have with Red Bull, but in the end they had no choice,” said Perez, the San Carlos sporting director, as quoted in the CRHoy report.

So far no reason for the conflict at Yankee Stadium has been reported.

The revelation is an incredibly embarrassing one for NYCFC, having to turn to its bitter league rival for venue assistance, still without its own soccer-specific stadium in its seventh season of existence. However, it could be turned on the gracious hosts as well, should NYCFC outdraw the NY Red Bulls for the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 match. The Red Bulls drew 3,417 last season when they hosted Dominican club Atletico Pantoja in late February.

NYCFC plays the first leg against San Carlos on February 20 on the road in Costa Rica, while the return leg is on February 28. The MLS season is slated to begin March 1 against Columbus on the road, while its home opener will be against FC Dallas on March 14.

New York Red Bulls hire Wolves sporting director David Thelwell

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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls have hired Kevin Thelwell from Wolverhampton as head of sport under general manager Marc de Grandpre.

The MLS team announced the hiring of the 46-year-old to the newly created position on Monday.

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Thelwell will have oversight on all aspects of the sporting side of the club. Denis Hamlett, the sporting director, will remain in charge of day-to-day soccer operations but will report to Thelwell.

Thelwell was appointed sporting director of Wolves in 2016 after three years as head of football development and recruitment. Wolves went from England’s third tier in 2013-14 to champion of the second-tier League Championship in 2017-18. They are eighth in the Premier League at roughly two-thirds through the season.

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Report: Red Bulls, Anderlecht agree fee for Kemar Lawrence

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One of the best left backs in Major League Soccer’s history — we think that’s right — is heading abroad.

The Athletic reports that the New York Red Bulls have agreed to sell Kemar Lawrence to Belgian side Anderlecht for around $1.25 million. He reportedly asked for a trade in November.

Lawrence, 27, has 55 caps for Jamaica with three goals to go with 146 career appearances for RBNY, where he has five goals and 10 assists.

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The man they call “Taxi” goes from an RBNY back line anchored by Aaron Long to an Anderlecht back line skippered by Vincent Kompany.

Anderlecht has struggled this season and is well off its usual European qualification pass. The club has also acquired Nacer Chadli, Samir Nasri, and Man City loanee Philippe Sandler.

Lawrence was limited to nine league matches last season but was a 2018 MLS Best XI and was a Gold Cup Best XI in 2017.

RBNY is going to look really different this season, as Lawrence joins Bradley Wright-Phillips and Luis Robles as mainstays to leave New Jersey.

Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

Report: New York Red Bulls reject West Ham bid for Aaron Long

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The New York Red Bulls have rejected an offer from West Ham for defender Aaron Long, according to Sky Sports.

The Hammers’ offer for the 27-year-old former MLS Defender of the Year was $500,000 for a season-long loan with a $4.5 million option to buy in the summer.

Last summer, Long, who has a $4 million release clause was on the verge of joining the London-based side, but was unable to secure a work permit.

“As our biggest ally, it seems strange that a football player from the US can’t automatically get a work visa to play in England,” the defender said last summer, amid a move to England. “Every kid in the USA dreams of playing in the English Premier League. Not many players get the chance, so of course I would like to play there someday.”

West Ham, who haven’t won in three Premier League matches, stand 17th on the table with 23 points.