Former Manchester City and England midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips has been loaned to the reserve team of New York Red Bulls.

The reason behind this move is that the midfielder needs playing time in order to recover his fitness following his injury.

The Major League Soccer is currently on holiday because of the Copa America, and the New York Red Bulls staff wants to seize this opportunity to give Shaun Wright-Phillips some much needed playing time. Indeed, the former Manchester City winger has only managed to make 5 appearances for the first team this season and will certainly need some time in order to recover his fitness.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has won the Premier League with both Manchester City and Chelsea, will feel that this is a set-back in his career and would want to ensure that he returns to form. Playing in the third tier of the American soccer league is nothing glamorous for a player that has represented England at the highest level.

Shaun Wright-Phillips started his career with Nottingham Forest but was released by the club for a lack of potential. He then moved to Manchester City where he will quickly develop in a promising winger. At that time, he will attract the interest of several clubs, but he will decide to stay with Manchester City. He will go on and make 181 appearances for them playing in both the Premier League as well as the Championship. He will manage to score 31 goals during the process.

He will leave Manchester City in 2005 when he will sign for Chelsea. He will manage to make 124 appearances for the Blues while scoring 10 goals. He will win the FA Cup, League Cup, and Premier League during his time at Chelsea.