Phoenix coach Frank Yallop said the signing of Shaun Wright-Phillips “is another step toward making us one of the most competitive clubs in USL.” (Photo courtesy of Phoenix FC)

Former Red Bulls midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips has signed with the Phoenix Rising Football Club, the United Soccer League side announced Friday.

The signing is pending league and federation approval. As per club policy, the terms of the deal were not revealed.

The 35-year-old Wright-Phillips, a former England international (six goals in 36 matches), played with his brother Bradley on the Red Bulls last last two Major League Soccer seasons.

“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 press release. “This is another step toward making us one of the most competitive clubs in USL.”

He also was a member of the 2010 World Cup team that competed in South Africa alongside current Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole.

Wright-Phillips made his professional debut with English club Manchester City in 1999. During his six seasons, he appeared in 181 matches for City and scored 31 goals.

He played with Chelsea from 2005-09, appearing in 125 matches, scoring 10 goals over four seasons. SWP also won the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2005-06 Premier League Championship and the 2006-07 F.A. Cup and League Cup.

Wright-Phillips returned to Manchester City in 2008 and made 94 appearances and scored 16 goals over four seasons. From 2011-2015, he appeared in 74 matches over four seasons with Queens Park Rangers.

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