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PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising Football Club announced on Friday the signing of former England international Shaun Wright-Phillips for the 2017 season. The signing is pending league and federation approval, and per club policy, the terms of the deal were not made public.
“We’re thrilled to have a player of Shaun’s quality and experience joining us,” said Phoenix Rising FC Head Coach Frank Yallop. “This is another step toward making us one of the most competitive clubs in USL.”
Wright-Phillips earned 36 caps with the English National Team, scoring six international goals. He was also a member of the 2010 World Cup team that competed in South Africa alongside current Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole.
The 35-year-old made his professional debut with English club Manchester City in 1999. During his six seasons, Wright-Phillips appeared in 181 matches for Manchester City and scored 31 goals.
The midfielder spent time with Chelsea from 2005-09, appearing in 125 matches and scoring ten goals over four seasons with the club. As a member of the team, he also won the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2005-06 Premier League Championship, and the 2006-07 F.A. Cup and League Cup.
He returned to Manchester City in 2008 and made 94 appearances with the team and scored 16 more goals over four seasons. From 2011-2015, Wright-Phillips appeared in 74 matches over four seasons with Queens Park Rangers. He’s spent the last two seasons with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.