Bradley Wright-Phillips Profile
|Born||Mar 12, 1985|
After failing to escape his father's shadow in England, Bradley Wright-Phillips has gone on to establish himself as one of the best strikers in MLS since moving to the US in 2013.
Bradley Wright-Phillips is an English soccer player who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew. He came through the youth system at Manchester City and went on to play for their first team. Further spells in English soccer with Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford followed before a move to the United States and the New York Red Bulls (RBNY).
At RBNY Wright-Phillips enjoyed the most successful spell of his career. He scored 126 goals in 240 appearances between 2013 and 2019. He won the MLS Golden Boot in 2014 and again in 2016.
Wright-Phillips then moved on to Los Angeles FC and later Columbus Crew, who he joined ahead of the 2021 season.
Although he was an England Under-20 international, Wright-Phillips never made his breakthrough in the senior national team.
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Manchester City
Wright-Phillips came through the youth system at Manchester City, where his brother, Shaun Wright-Phillips excelled in the first team before earning a big money move to Chelsea.
Bradley Wright-Phillips was the top goalscorer in the Manchester City reserve team in 2003/04. He scored his first Premier League goal against Middlesbrough after coming on as a substitute for John Macken on December 6, 2004.
After scoring just one goal in the 2005/06 season (in a 4-1 win over Birmingham City in December 2005), Wright-Phillips dropped down to the Championship, signing with Southampton.
Mixed fortunes in the EFL
Half of Wright-Phillips' Southampton transfer fee was funded by a fan who won a Coca-Cola competition. He stayed at Southampton for three seasons before moving on to Plymouth Argyle.
A recurring knee injury hampered his 2009/10 season, his first with Plymouth, which also ended with relegation to League One. In the 2010/11 League One season, Wright-Phillips scored 13 goals in 17 appearances for Plymouth.
Midway through the season, Wright-Phillips signed for Charlton Athletic. The following campaign, Charlton earned promotion to the Championship with Wright-Phillips scoring 22 goals in 42 league appearances.
In 2012/13, Wright-Phillips endured another unsuccessful season in the Championship, scoring only one goal. In July 2013, he moved on to New York Red Bulls.
Bradley Wright-Phillips and New York Red Bulls
Wright-Phillips did not feature much in their 2013 campaign, but nevertheless helped them to their first major title - the MLS Supporters' Shield. This was a sign of what was to come for a player who would go on to become a club icon.
In the 2014 season, Wright-Phillips came of age, emerging out of brother Shaun's shadow and scoring hat-tricks against Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire. He was also on target in a friendly against Arsenal and against Bayern Munich in the MLS All-Star Game. After this, RBNY sporting director Andy Roxburgh claimed Wright-Phillips was attracting international interest with his goalscoring exploits.
As the regular season drew to a close, Wright-Phillips reached 27 goals in the campaign against Sporting Kansas City, bagging a brace in a 2-0 win. This equalled the MLS record. He netted twice against Kansas City, once again in a 2-1 win in RBNY's first MLS Cup play-off match.
After scoring against DC United in a 2-0 Eastern Conference semi-final win, Wright-Phillips moved on to the final against the New England Revolution. However, a reckless yellow card in the first leg saw him suspended for the second as NYRB were eliminated 3-2 on aggregate.
Wright-Phillips enjoyed another prolific season in 2015, scoring 18 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions and helping the Red Bulls to another Supporters' Shield trophy.
In 2016, Wright-Phillips continued his fine form. He made his 100th appearance for the club against Toronto FC on May 28 and scored a hat-trick inside 27 minutes, breaking the record for the fastest treble in MLS history.
Wright-Phillips surpassed Juan Pablo Angel as Red Bulls' record goalscorer on July 31, scoring his 63rd goal for the club against the Chicago Fire on his way to beating New York City's David Villa to the MLS Golden Boot.
His impressive goalscoring form continued in 2017 and he scored his 100th goal for his club in all competitions in a 1-0 win over Toronto FC. He also became only the second player in MLS history to score 15 or more goals in four consecutive seasons, with Robbie Keane having been the first.
On July 25, 2018, Wright-Phillips scored his 100th MLS goal in a 1-0 win over DC United. The 2018 season was another prolific one for him, but his 2019 campaign was less electric. He left the club for Los Angeles FC with Red Bulls announcing they would retire Wright-Phillips' number 99 jersey.
During his time at Red Bulls, Wright-Phillips enjoyed the company of famous teammates including Thierry Henry and his brother, Shaun. At the time of his 27 goals in the 2014 season, Henry was quoted by the New York Post as saying: "I'm not having a go. I'm just saying if you look for how you can improve, and I keep on telling him: 'You should already be on 35-40 goals.' I'm not even joking."
Wright-Phillips credited former coach Jesse Marsch with creating an environment in which he could thrive as a player. "Jesse's great. His man to man skills are very good. He treats you like an adult. In England, your manager is like a boss."
Wright-Phillips saw the later stages of his RBNY stint hampered by a groin injury.
At LAFC, Wright-Phillips scored nine goals in 21 appearances in all competitions during the 2020 season. He subsequently moved to Columbus Crew.
Bradley Wright-Phillips' personal life
Wright-Phillips is the son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright and brother of Shaun Wright-Phillips. Shaun Wright-Phillips was adopted by Wright when he began a relationship with Sharon Phillips, with Phillips and Wright then going on to have Bradley together.
Wright-Phillips has spoken of his passion for grime music. As quoted by The Guardian, he said: "As an inner-city kid, it's part of the culture. I grew up listening to it ... It's great to see people making money off it today. When I was growing up, people were bootlegging out the backs of cars. I love it as much as I love football."
Wright-Phillips earned his Green Card following the 2016 MLS season.
Bradley Wright-Phillips' net worth
The 2019 RBNY payroll showed that Wright-Phillips received $1.38million in salary, according to Statista.