Red Bulls say goodbye to legends Wright-Phillips, Robles

Nicholas Mendola

Red Bull Arena is gonna feel real different next season.

The New York Red Bulls said goodbye to two of the most important players in their history, as Bradley Wright-Phillips and Luis Robles will not be coming back to the Red Bull Arena set next season.

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Wright-Phillips’ incredible run through the New York Red Bulls record books is over after seven season, thought it feels like the influential 35-year-old Englishman was in MLS from its very start. His two-goal season was not a fitting send-off, but he’s out of contract.

RBNY announced Thursday that Wright-Phillips would not returning to the club for the 2020 season, putting an end to a career which included 126 goals and 35 assists across all competitions. He also won two Golden Boot Awards and was twice in the MLS Best XI.

Robles is a club legend, and he’s now a free agent after Red Bulls declined his option.

The thrice-capped USMNT backstop was between the sticks for 281 Red Bulls matches, keeping 89 clean sheets. He was a part of three Supporters’ Shield winners and was named the 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

The 35-year-old began his career abroad with German sides Kaiserslautern and Karlsruher before coming to MLS in 2012.

He issued an emotional, grateful goodbye via the club’s web site.


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