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Ex-Man City, Charlton striker Wright-Phillips, German forward Stachnik on trial with NYRB

New York Red Bulls have taken a couple of attacking targets on trial as they prepare for the second half of the 2013 MLS season.

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke will run the rule over Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sebastian Stachnik as he looks to add to his attacking stocks which already include Thierry Henry, Fabian Espindola, Peguy Luyindula, Tim Cahill and Andre Akpan among others.

28-year old Wright-Phillips scored 22 goals for Charlton Athletic as they took out the League One title in 2011/12 before he was loaned to Brentford for the second half of last season. He previously played with Manchester City, Southampton and Plymouth Argyle.

27-year old German forward Stachnik is currently contracted to Dutch second division side Helmond Sport. Previously he has spent time with Hertha Berlin, Hannover, Kaiserslautern, Rot-Weiss Essen and Sportfreunde Lotte.

"He's a good boy, he played in the Under-20 England national team, underlining his potential," Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh told reporters of Wright-Phillips. "He played at Charlton. He's quick and he can finish, so we'll see how quickly he blends and if it's appropriate, because we need to negotiate with him of course. He can play up front or he can play wide, another attacking player.

"Sebastian is more of a midfield player, an attacking type of midfielder player … He's a tidy player. I haven't seen him before, [but] he looks as if he's powerful and he can move; tidy left foot on him."

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