When New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his second goal of the night in what would be a 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact, he surpassed Juan Pablo Angel as the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer. His brother and teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips was five floors above, cheering wildly.
And he didn’t even know it was the record-setting goal, he was just thrilled that his team and teammates had gone ahead of their Eastern Conference foe. Then when he heard the announcement of the record being set, he felt pride and joy. Such is life when your brother is also your teammate.
Shaun had no idea that his brother had just etched his name into yet another franchise scoring mark, continuing his push to become among the most celebrated players in New York soccer history. Shaun says he is always “jumping and celebrating whenever any goals go in” but then he realized that something was different about this goal.
The crowd was celebrating more than usual.
Shaun, who was not a part of the gameday roster but sat with his teammates in a luxury box above the field, thought that his brother had tied the franchise’s all-time scoring mark. After the match, Bradley said the same exact thing. Neither knew that the goal had set a record.
Either way, it is a proud moment for Shaun to be able to witness in person. A former England international who has played for clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City, he has seen his brother flourish here in New York.
This after Bradley was a bit of a journeyman in England, playing for five different clubs in the Premier League and the Championship as well as League One (third division).
“I’m very proud. I think he’s done fantastic for himself, he works hard. As everyone says, he is incredibly humble person. He works hard, he tries to help others along the way as well,” Shaun told Metro New York following Saturday’s game. “Everything he’s worked hard for in his career is finally paying off now. He has a lot to be proud of.”
In 2013, Bradley came to the Red Bulls on trial and stuck around. He didn’t have great success at first, scoring a single goal. His initial reason to trial with the Red Bulls was to play with the legendary Thierry Henry. Yet he ended up making his own name, scoring 27 goals the next year, tied for most in a single season in MLS.
His brother followed in 2015, signing with the team and now Shaun can watch on with pride as younger brother continues to shine in MLS.
“For me it’s a massive feeling. But I’ve always known and he’s always known what he is capable of,” Shaun said. “Sometimes it is the right place, the right time. It’s the most perfect club for him. It fits him.”