Bradley Wright-Phillips, who hasn’t found the net this young MLS season, still scored a personal win this week. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Bradley Wright-Phillips isn’t listed as an international player on the Red Bulls’ roster anymore.
He has received a green card, according to MSGNetworks.com. That will help the Major League Soccer team in the long run if it wants to add an international player somewhere down the road this season.
“He’s got his green card,” Jesse Marsch told Kristian Dyer of MSGNetworks.com Wednesday. “I was telling him he’s officially an American.”
Well, not officially. The 32-year-old Wright-Phillips cannot vote in an election, which is the mark of citizenship.
He must wait several years to obtain U.S. citizenship.
“It’s a good thing for him and his family to be able to live here for a long term,” Marsch told www.NewYorkRed Bulls.com.
Wright-Phillips’ move gave the Red Bulls an open international player spot on their roster.
“I think, obviously, it helps our roster situation, but we’re also pretty well taken care of from an international perspective,” Marsch told www.NewYorkRedBulls.com. “We’re not under a crunch there.”
BWP has been nothing short of sensational for the Eastern Conference leaders, having scored 69 goals in 109 games since joining the club in 2013. He has won two MLS Golden Boot awards, in 2014 and 2016.
The English forward does not have a goal after two games this season for the Red Bulls (2-0-0, 6 points), who visit the Seattle Sounders for the 2016 MLS Cup champions’ home opener Sunday night.
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