Phoenix Rising FC announced Friday the signing of former New York Red Bulls. Manchester City, Chelsea and English International midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips to a contract for the 2017 season.
Wright-Phillips comes to Phoenix Rising with a storied career in tow. Wright-Phillips began his career in England with Manchester City, playing for them from 1999 to 2005, scoring 31 goals in 181 appearances for the club. He then left for Chelsea in in 2005 and played there until 2008, scoring 10 times in 125 club appearances.
Wright-Phillips then returned to Manchester City in 2008, playing three more seasons with the club, scoring 16 goals in 94 appearances. Wright-Phillips then left for Queens Park Rangers, scoring twice in 74 appearances with the club there until 2015.
Shaun Wright-Phillips joined his brother Bradley in the United States in 2015 with the New York Red Bulls, making 25 appearances in all competitions in two years with the club, scoring one goal and assisting on another.
Wright-Phillips also made 36 appearances with England’s national team, scoring six goals between 2004 and 2010. He was also a member of the 2010 World Cup team that competed in South Africa.
“We’re thrilled to have a player of Shaun’s quality and experience joining us,” Phoenix Rising FC head coach Frank Yallop said in a release. “This is another step toward making us one of the most competitive clubs in USL.”
Wright-Phillips is the third big name player signed by Phoenix Rising this season, following the signings of fellow midfielder Omar Bravo and defender Jordan Stewart, all of whom have extensive international experience.