The greatest goal-scorer in Red Bull history will get an opportunity to fill the net for the Los Angeles Football Club.
It became official on Friday afternoon as the MLS team announced the signing of forward Bradley Wright-Phillips. The 34-year-old striker joins LAFC after spending the past seven seasons with the Red Bulls.
BWP had been on trial with the club for several weeks and impressed head coach Bob Bradley, who has used several veteran MLS strikers in starting and back-up roles during his years coaching the Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA.
Wright-Phillips is expected to give LAFC depth behind 2019 MLS Golden Boot winner Carlos Vela.
“Bradley is one of the most prolific goalscorers in MLS history and the type of player that can be a difference-maker for us,” LAFC EVP and general manager John Thorrington said. “He brings invaluable experience to the group as a proven winner in our league, and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to the club.”
Wright-Phillips, a two-time MLS Golden Boot Winner, MLS Best XI selection and MLS all-star, has tallied 108 goals in 195 MLS regular season appearances in MLS. He also has appeared in at least one postseason match every year since joining the league in 2013.
In an injury laden season in 2019, Wright-Phillips notched two goals and four assists in 23 MLS games. He appeared in all four Concacaf Champions League matches, as well as the final 36 minutes of the 4-3 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Union.
During the 2018 campaign, Wright-Phillips became the fastest player in league history to score 100 regular season goals and the first player to register 20 or more goals in three seasons. He finished the year with 20 goals and a career-high eight assists in 32 games.
He is one of five MLS players with multiple golden boot trophies after leading the league in goals in 2014 (27) and 2016 (24). His 0.66 goals per 90 is also the highest average of players with at least 80 goals in MLS history.
A product of the Manchester City academy, Wright-Phillips played in 32 contests for the English Premier League side from 2004-06 before joining Southampton. Wright-Phillips also played for Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford.