Shaun Wright Phillips’ brother Bradley Wright Phillips has ended the 2014 Major League Soccer as the top scorer with 27 successful hits to the net for New York Red Bulls. It was by far his most successful season in club football.
The forward has played in England for many clubs and has scored goals for them too, but, he has never been this fluent. Of course, there is a difference in the standard of football in America and England, but, still, those who know the game would say that Bradley played his best football throughout this year.
He was all over the place last summer. He was released by Charlton Athletic and not even the Championship clubs were showing that much of interest in him. He spent the first half of the 2013-14 Season as a free agent.
How terrible that would have been for a guy who not only belongs to a great Football family with his father being a legend in England, but, has also learnt the game at the academy of a club like Manchester City.
But, then, at the start of 2014, the offer came from USA and Bradley took it straightaway and he has seen brilliant turnaround in his career since then.
It’s not only about scoring goals, the thing about Bradley is that he has looked a real threat for the opposition in all the games in MLS and it has led to some people talking about the possibilities of him getting an England call up.
Roy Hodgson has not talked about him at all though in his recent interviews. The England manager has not even travelled to America to watch any of the Red Bulls’ game. So, it’s clear that he is not putting too much attention towards Bradley, but, should he do that? Does Bradley have anything special to offer to England?
The manager of the United States national football team, Jurgen Klinsmann has been recognized for his recent series of positive results with the American squad as he managed to somehow advance through the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in a group that was considered to be one of the toughest out of the entire tournament.
Klinsmann also guided the American national team to Gold Cup victory in 2013 and now the German coach was named in the shortlist of managers who are eligible of winning the FIFA Coach of the Year award which will be officially named on January 15.
The full list of managers includes: Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Joachim Low, Jose Mourinho, Manuel Pellegrini, Alejandro Sabella, Diego Simeone, Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klinsmann.
All those managers that were mentioned in the shortlist of FIFA have managed to reach an impressive feat in the past season.
Carlo Ancelotti was able to secure the Champions League in his first season in charge of Real Madrid. Antonio Conte is doing a superb job in his new managerial role as the coach of Italy and Conte also managed to guide Juventus to their 3rd consecutive Italian League, Serie A title.
Pep Guardiola continues pushing Bayern Munich to new heights and more records being broken as each season passes on. Joachim Low was one of the master minds behind the success of Germany who were claimed as the champions of the world and ran past everyone in their 2014 World Cup campaign.
Each manager has their own kind of record or feat that they have accomplished recently and are now being recognized by FIFA. This is a huge accomplishment for Jurgen Klinsmann as he is now being compared to some of the most worldwide recognized managers in the world and has a genuine chance of lifting what is considered to be the most coveted individual trophy for managers.
Belgium knocked out United States in the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup in a match that was decided in extra time as neither teams managed to score a single goal during the opening 90 minutes of the match but when added time was given, goals started to flourish with Belgium winning with a narrow scoreboard of 2-1.
When the 2014 World Cup reached its end, the manager of the United States national football team Jurgen Klinsmann claimed that he had received a number of offers from European clubs but the German tactician replied by saying that he is looking forward for everything that is waiting for him as the head coach of the American outfit.
Klinsmann said: ‘’There have been several enquiries from European clubs but I told them straight away that they don’t have to follow up on them. That’s not an issue for me. I am under contract here until 2018, and I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks’’
Compared to other sports in the United States, Soccer does not play a huge role and the team of Jurgen Klinsmann was never expected to win the 2014 World Cup or any of the previous editions of the worldwide tournament but they still managed to make an impressive campaign as the team just barely slipped away from entering the quarterfinals, the last time they have managed on reaching so far was back in 2002 when Japan hosted the World Cup.
The 50 year old German coach is well aware of all the work that he has to do as there are things that still need to be done including their task of defending their title at the 2015 Gold Cup as well as making another impressive campaign in the 2018 World Cup.