Shaun Wright-Phillips has been sent to New York Red Bulls reserve team

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Remember when Shaun Wright-Phillips was a quality up-and-coming player who was tearing things up for Manchester City and earned a £21million move to the Premier League Champions, Chelsea?

Remember when he was in the England squad at the 2010 World Cup, appearing in two of his 36 games for the England National Team?

Well, all that seems far, far in the past right now as it was announced earlier this week that the diminutive winger isn't even good enough to play in Major League Soccer, and has been loaned out by New York Red Bulls.


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Loaned to the Reserves

The Red Bulls released a statement on Wednesday saying that the 34-year-old has been sent out on loan to New York Red Bulls II, the MLS side's reserve team.

"The New York Red Bulls have loaned Gonzalo Veron and Shaun Wright-Phillips to New York Red Bulls II, the organization's USL affiliate, ahead of NYRB II's match against Harrisburg on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena," the team statement read. 

Red Bulls II play in the United Soccer League, the third tier of the American football pyramid, where luminaries such as Tony Pulis' son and former Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle are head coaches. 

Steady Decline

Wright-Phillips has started just one game for the Red Bulls this season, with his time in Major League Soccer being completely different to that enjoyed by his brother, Bradley, who was the league's Golden Boot winner back in 2014.

It's been a sad end to SWP's career. After promising so much and being a regular on the international scene, Wright-Phillips' career has fizzled out.

He barely played as Queens Park Rangers were relegated to the Championship in 2013, and found the field just four times in their season back in the Premier League. 

After that, he moved Stateside to join his brother in 2015 after being released by QPR. But it hasn't been the Indian summer that SWP would have been hoping for as he made just one start in 2015, coming off the bench in every other game. 

At least Wright-Phillips is playing games now, though, as he started last night in his first appearance for Red Bulls II as they won 1-0 against the Harrisburg City Islanders, who boast Isle of Mann international, Liam Doyle.

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