Bradley-Wright Phillips, his arm around coach Jesse Marsch while walking off the field after the win in Atlanta, has to be happy with his new contract. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Front Row Soccer Editor
Bradley Wright-Phillips isn’t going anywhere.
The two-time MLS Golden Boot winner has signed a new, multi-year contract with the league and the Red Bulls, the club announced Tuesday.
Wright-Phillips, the team’s all-time leading in MLS career goals (70) and total goals (78), will occupy a Designated Player spot.
It was not immediately known how long the contract will run. His most recent contract would have run out after this season.
“I’d like to thank Denis [Hamlett, sporting director], Jesse [Marsch, head coach], and everyone at the club for the opportunity to continue wearing this shirt and playing in front of the best fans in MLS,” Wright-Phillips said in a press release. “I am very proud of what has been accomplished in my time here, but my sole focus is on trying to win MLS Cup.”
The 32-year-old striker tallied a league-record tying 27 goals in 2014, followed that up with 17 the next year before leading the league again with 24 goals in 2016.
“We are very pleased to extend Bradley’s time in New York,” Hamlett said in a statement. “His on-field accomplishments at this club speak for themselves, but that success comes from his dedication and work ethic day in and day out. His character and leadership make him an important part of our group and we look forward to his continued success with the Red Bulls.”
It was not immediately known how much BWP will earn in his new contract, although he had to receive a raise, given his offensive production.
Last year, Wright-Phillips earned a base salary of $650,000 and a guaranteed salary of $715,000, according to the MLS Players Union. His current contract runs out after this season.
He recently received his green card, meaning the English-born forward doesn’t count as an international player on the team roster.
Wright-Phillips has gotten off to a slow start this season, scoring only once in four games. The Red Bulls have found the net only four times in 2017 and two of those tallies have been via own goals.
The Red Bulls play at the Houston Dynamo Saturday night.