At 5'5", New York Red Bulls midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips is hardly the most physically imposing presence on the soccer pitch, and at 34 years of age, he clearly isn't spry, young athlete who once ran circles around defenders as a member of Man City, Chelsea, QPR and the England national team.
But Ian Wright's eldest son proved that he still has the skill and tenacity to pull of some amazing feats by executing an incredible bicycle kick during a friendly on Wednesday night.
During the match between New York Red Bulls and Club America, Wright-Phillips was inside the box off a set piece, which he put away beautifully after hopping on his bicycle and smashing it through the C.A. goalkeeper's hands to give the Red Bulls the lead mere moments after the opening whistle.
Prior to the match, Wright-Phillips had missed several week of action due to a leg injury he picked up in the U.S. Open Cup against the Rochester Rhinos.
Wright-Phillips' goal was the first, but not the last for the host team as Dan Metzger sealed the winner for the Red Bulls in the second half to deliver a 2-0 win at home in the friendly.
Shaun and his younger brother Bradley both play for the Red Bulls. But while Bradley is a superstar and the second-leading scorer in team history, Shaun's fitness problems dating back to his last two years with QPR have inhibited his once incredible football career.
If nothing else, displaying for everyone that he's still got the moves of a much bigger and younger man will be a great confidence booster.