Los Angeles (AP) – Los Angeles FC Veteran Major League Soccer striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has signed.
The move was announced by the LAFC on Friday. The Shield winners of the Defending Supporters will start the CONCACF Champions League game next week.
Wright-Phillips has spent the past seven seasons New York Red Bulls, Is the eighth-leading goal scorer in total and 108 top goals in 9 MLS appearances, becoming the leading European goal-scorer in league history. He won the Golden Boot as the top goalscorer in the MLS in 20 and 28 in.
He made his pro debut with the South London native Manchester City In 2004. He will turn 35 years old next month.
The Red Bulls split with Wright-Phillips after scoring just two goals in 20 games last year.
The LAFC invited Wright-Phillips for a test last month and when the foot injury to Adama Diamond went sideline in the regular season, the club’s need for a backup striker increased.
John Thorrington, general manager of the LAFC, says Wright-Phillips “could be the difference-maker for us.” He brings valuable experience to the group as a proven winner in our league. “
MLS’s most valuable player, Carlos Vela, has returned to the starting lineup at the LAFC. Wright-Phillips set an MLS record with 27 goals in 20 seasons, but three players, including Vela, have broken the mark last year.
The LAFC visited Mexico Club Lane on Tuesday and are the hosts of the second leg on February 27, three days before the MLS regular season opener against Inter Miami.