Red Bull invite trialists Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sebastian Stachnik; DP hunt goes cold


Despite being third in the league in goals, the New York Red Bulls offense has been missing a dynamic presence.

Can Bradley Wright-Phillips or Sebastian Stachnik be the answer?

Wright-Phillips, 28, half-brother of Shaun Wright-Phillips and son of former Arsenal player Ian Wright, joins Serbian striker Stachnik, 27, on trial with the team this week. He was recently on loan with English third-division side Brentford but has also played in Charlton Athletic – the same team as both Ruben Bover and Lloyd Sam. He began his career in 2004 with Manchester city but also featured for Plymouth Argyle and Southampton.

Stachnik, meanwhile, is described by Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh as a central midfielder. He last played for second division Dutch side Helmond Sport.

Roxburgh emphasized the team’s need to upgrade the quality of depth on the team, referring to the process as a larger puzzle. Both men can, in his opinion, fill gaps in the team’s overall scheme.

“You can see the problem we have the minute we get injuries, international call-ups, suspensions; we end up really, really thin on the ground,” Roxburgh explained. “We need to try and create some depth to the squad. That, I would say, is our first priority.”

In Wright-Phillips and Stachnik, he sees that potential. In fact, he was glowing in his praise of Wright-Phillips and hinted the team would do what they could to sign him.

“He’s a good boy,” Roxburgh said. “He played in the Under-20 England National Team underlining his potential. He played at Charlton. He’s quick and he can finish.

“We’ll see how quickly he blends and if it’s appropriate, because we need to negotiate with him of course. He is happy to come here and show us he’s got it.

“Hopefully we have enough to buy him.”

While promising on Wright-Phillips, Roxburgh admitted little knowledge of Stachnik but did indicate that first impressions were pleasing.

“Sebastian is more of a midfield player, an attacking type of midfielder player,” he said. “He’s a tidy player. I haven’t seen him before, he looks as if he’s powerful and he can move; tidy left foot on him.”

“It’s their first day here,” head coach Mike Petke explained. “Guys that we want to have a look. Outside midfielder, a midfielder/forward just for options. Just to see. They come highly recommended. We watched some video of them. They played at a decent level, why wouldn’t we bring them in?”

While the team continues padding their roster, the Designated Player hunt has hit a bit of a cold run. Despite saying weeks ago that his phone hasn’t stopped ringing with possibilities, Roxburgh tempers the options with the need to acquire an “appropriate fit.”

“We discussed the whole subject, but we haven’t got any specific target,” said Roxburgh. “We had some names to discuss, but we don’t have one at this moment in time that we feel will be a solution for us because you’ve got to take everything. Are they available? Would they want to come here? How much does it cost? Is it appropriate for our team? Could he blend in?

“Right now, I don’t think we’ll be doing any business like that – certainly in the coming few weeks,” he said. “It’s wide open over the summer period in Europe so we don’t have to rush to it.”

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