New York Red Bulls

Bradley Wright-Phillips to join New York Red Bulls recruitment team following retirement

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Wright-Phillips is a legend for the Red Bulls.
Wright-Phillips is a legend for the Red Bulls. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

After announcing his retirement from playing on Tuesday, Bradley Wright-Phillips is expected to take up a role on the New York Red Bulls recruitment team, sources tell 90min.

The English striker achieved legendary status with the Red Bulls between 2013 and 2019, scoring 126 goals in 240 appearances across all competitions and winning three Supporters' Shield titles.

His exploits in New Jersey saw him win the New York Red Bulls' MVP award on three different occasions, while he was also named to the MLS All-Star and Best XI line-ups two times each.

Prior to his glittering Red Bulls spell, Wright-Phillips turned out for the likes of Manchester City, Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, and Charlton Athletic in England, while he closed out his career with one-season stops with LAFC and the Columbus Crew.

"I'm done," Wright-Phillips wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to all of the clubs that gave me the opportunity to represent the badge. Thank you to all my team mates, coaches, fan bases for your support (ups and downs) but most of all thank you to my friends and family, especially my wife Leanne. I couldn't have done this without you. Onto the next chapter."

Former MLS teammates such as Sacha Kljestan, Eduard Atuesta, and Kaku all posted messages of support on Wright-Phillips' post, as did father and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.

Sources tell 90min that 'next chapter' will see Wright-Phillips return to Red Bull Arena to join RBNY's recruitment team. The specific role the 36-year-old will play on the staff remains unclear, but a space recently opened up when head of sport Kevin Thelwell left to replace Marcel Brands as Everton's director of football.