MLS Preview: Wright-Phillips, Lampard set to debut

Shaun Wright-Phillips is obtainable to produce his New York Red Bulls debut alongside brother Bradley in Philadelphia on Saturday.

New York Red Bulls recruit Shaun Wright-Phillips revealed he only arrived within the city to attend his brother’s wedding as he prepares to debut for the MLS franchise.
Former England international winger Wright-Phillips was snapped up by the Red Bulls as a absolutely free agent in the get started of week, re-united with brother Bradley in New York after he was released by QPR.
The Wright-Phillips brothers are now set to play on the exact same side for the first time considering the fact that combining at Manchester City in 2004, when the Red Bulls travel to Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Speaking at his unveiling, the 33-year-old Shaun stated he was organizing to return to England after his brother tied the knot.
“Like [coach] Jesse [Marsch] stated, he called me at the airport and asked me to train to maintain my fitness up after which it all just kind of fell into spot,” he mentioned.
“As considerably as I wanted to become right here, the feeling was mutual in between me, my team-mates as well as the coaching employees and I felt like I was in the household, which can be how I felt when I was 19 and initial started breaking by way of at Manchester City.
“So I’ve been incredibly welcomed to become here and pretty humbled in the exact same time, so hopefully I can do what you guys anticipate me to accomplish and help the Red Bulls win stuff.”
The Red Bulls are third within the East, nine points adrift of leaders DC United who host Real Salt Lake around the exact same day, although the Union are second-bottom within the conference.
New York City FC fans could see Frank Lampard make his long-awaited debut against Montreal Effect on Saturday.
A calf injury meant Lampard missed final week’s 5-3 win more than Orlando City and Wednesday’s MLS All-Star clash against Tottenham.
But New York City coach Jason Kreis is optimistic about Lampard’s probabilities of operating out at Yankee Stadium.
“I’ve stated this every single single week, but this time I believe I can say that I essentially feel it – he ought to be ready,” Kreis stated.
The Impact, who occupy the sixth and final play-off location in the East ahead of New York City on purpose distinction, are anticipated to be without having new signing and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba for the trip for the Huge Apple.
Elsewhere on Saturday, East’s second-place Columbus Crew are away at Orlando City, New England Revolution host Toronto FC with both teams level on points, and Houston Dynamo travel to Sporting Kansas City.
Reigning MLS Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy tackle Colorado Rapids, and Seattle Sounders will likely be out to arrest a three-match losing streak after they entertain high-flying Vancouver Whitecaps in a Western Conference blockbuster.
West leaders FC Dallas are around the road against East cellar-dwellers Chicago Fire on Sunday, though San Jose Earthquakes face Portland Timbers.