Former Arsenal Keeper Trying His Luck In The States

Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper Richard Wright is set to go on trial with MLS side San Jose Eathquakes after being released by Ipswich Town last season.

Wright was a pivotal part of Ipswich’s promotion side of 99/00 before Arsene Wenger took him to Highbury in 2001. Despite getting a run in the team due to an injury to David Seaman, his season (and ultimately career) began to fall apart. He punched the ball into his own net in a 4-2 home defeat to Charlton and then limped off against Deportivo La Coruna in his next game.

He slipped to third choice behind Seaman and Stuart Taylor and joined Everton at the end of the season.

He made sixty league appearances over five years at Everton. Due to injury he was generally second choice behind Nigel Martyn and then Tim Howard.

In July 2007 he signed for West Ham and was loaned out to Southampton when their first three keepers were unavailable. He made no league appearances for West Ham and only seven for Southampton.

The last two seasons he’s been back at Ipswich where he won the Players and Supporters player of the season award for the 08/09 season. Another injury meant he was released at the end of last season however.

Over the summer he trained with Crystal Palace and was reported to be close to signing for Premiership new boys Blackpool last week.

His former Ipswich teammate, and San Jose manager, Frank Yallop has convinced him to go to America for a trial with his Earthquakes side though.

At thirty two Wright has still got a few years left in him. It’s a shame a goalkeeper who showed such promise never achieved what he was capable of due to bad luck with injuries.

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