Bradley Wright-Phillips “considering” Jamaica National Team offer

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The Jamaican National Team is trying to lure New York Red Bulls star Bradley Wright-Phillips into the fold.

And he is considering it.

The Jamaica Gleaner caught up with Reggae Boyz boss Roy Simpson on the possibility of wooing the Lewisham, England born striker to the side.

“Yes, we have reached out to Bradley Wright-Phillips,” Simpson told the Gleaner. “Both parties agreed that it is OK to pursue the paperwork, just in case he decides to take up the offer.”

Wright-Phillips traces his Jamaican lineage through his grandmother. He is also eligible to play for England, Granada and Trinidad & Tobago. Granada tried to woo Wright-Phillips just over a month ago, but the Red Bulls’ striker turned down the offer citing a disinterest in featuring on a national team level, particularly due to the rigors of the MLS calendar.

“I don’t know if I want to travel to somewhere else to play a game and come back,” Wright-Phillips told Eric Giacometti of MLSSoccer.com. “Over here [in MLS], with the way the league is with games through the summer, you would miss a lot of important games so I don’t know if I really want to do that.”

With a more respectable team in Jamaica calling, Wright-Phillips is giving the offer more careful consideration. The Red Bulls could not make Wright-Phillips available for comment at the time of this piece. However, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch did tell reporters at training Monday afternoon that his prized striker is giving Jamaica some thought.

We talked in passing about it,” Marsch said. “I think he’s considering what it might mean to his life and his career. Not sure yet.

  • Andrew Bissonette

    Sounds like he doesn’t want to pursue a national call-up unless he has a shot at making a World Cup. Jamaica definitely proved this summer that they could make that happen.

    • Curtis walker

      I would love to see join the Boyz and give as more depth