Is Bradley Wright-Phillips the Real Deal?

Since coming over last season, Wright-Phillips finally converts on Houston
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Friday, April 25, 2014

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When you have a player that has a knack for scoring goals and he looks confident in doing so, you know hewill become a solid star in any league in the world.

But when he only scores against a certain side, then it could be a long day on the field for the opposition as they know to mark him as much as possible.

Bradley Wright-Phillips is that man the Houston Dynamo is not happy when he is on the field against them. But at the same time it looks like the son of Ian Wright hates the color Orange and continues to punish them every time he gets a chance on frame.

He earned his first MLS assist at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sept. 8 as he fed a great ball to Jonny Steele to give his side a 3-1 lead. And then in the next road game at BBVA on Oct. 20, he got a free shot on frame as the Dynamo defense allowed him to convert his first goal in MLS.

Of course in the second leg of the MLS Cup quarterfinals at Red Bull Arena, he got his first playoff goal that gave the Red Bulls the aggregate lead early in the first half, but as we all know how that ending went at the beginning of November last year.

But the questions had to come up because you never know if he, was going to do it again in a starting role up top with Thierry Henry and convert another chance. In this game, Wright-Phillips converted 3 times to become the first Englishman to get a hat trick in MLS and for once this record will not be tied to David Beckham.

The truth is when you have one of the greatest strikers in the world feeding you the ball or starting the play from midfield and dishing it to a leftback, that has a great cross to be in the right place to bury those chances. Let’s also not forget that there was a penalty finally awarded to New York and Henry is looking for the guy that has converted 2on the night wants him to take the spot kick for the hat trick.

What does Wright Phillips say about his performance against the Dynamo?

“I don’t know I think it’s the orange kit,” he said. “I’m not sure, I’m just trying to get into the box and get into the right places. Fortunately it came off well today.”

So far in 3 regular season games as well as the MLS playoffs, Wright-Phillips has converted 5 goals and 1 assist.

That says a lot about a guy who just got here on August 25th last season and so far has played in 13 games in MLS. It’s not that bad at all.

NEXT UP: April 26 – Red Bull New York vs. Columbus Crew, Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, 7:30 p.m. EST, MLS Live.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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