August 14, 2014
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
With rumors flying, Bradley Wright-Phillips wants to stay where he is -- with the Red Bulls
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Bradley Wright-Phillips: "I think this league is good enough. It's very good. I'm happy here, I like it. The weather is good, the training. New Jersey, New York City. I'm not thinking about leaving at all."
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HANOVER, N.J. – The leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer is reportedly generating interest in his native England, but for New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, he wants to call New York his home.
He said he hasn't heard of any interest from overseas other than his teammates engaging in some friendly “banter” about the transfer rumors. The interest from English clubs is certainly justified as Wright-Phillips leads the league with 18 goals and is on pace to smash the club's record of 19 goals, set by Juan Pablo Angel in 2007.
But asked by BigAppleSoccer.com if he would have interest in going back to England and playing for a Premiership club, Wright-Phillips left no wiggle room in his response.
“No, because I think this league is good enough," he said. "It's very good. I'm happy here, I like it. The weather is good, the training. New Jersey, New York City. I'm not thinking about leaving at all.
“I like playing here. I enjoy it. A lot.”
He praised the league, noting that teams like to keep possession and play a good style. He did lament the travel issues, something that didn't affect him last week. But in terms of the league, he admitted to surprise as to the quality of the teams and his competition.
In turn, his style seems to be a good fit on this side of the Atlantic.
Last week, Wright-Phillips scored the equalizer for the MLS in a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the All-Star Game. It was a nifty finish and one that coincided with reported interest from overseas.
Wright-Phillips was pleased with his All-Star Game goal, but cautioned that “it's a difficult one – while I enjoyed it at the time, it means nothing. It didn't get the Red Bulls three points.”