BWP Learning From Henry to Help RBNY

Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored 5 goals in 3 games
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, May 05, 2014

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

Many know about Bradley Wright-Phillips because of his brother Shaun Wright-Phillips over in the English Premier League and of course his famous father at Arsenal in Ian Wright.

But coming over to Major League Soccer, you never knew Bradley Wright-Phillips was going to show any form of consistency.

As of right now his partnership with Thierry Henry has been amazing and his offensive production is starting to soar. After being the first Englishman to get a hat trick in an MLS match against the Houston Dynamo, Wright-Phillips has been in the right place at the right time to convert his chances to give Red Bull New York points to climb to the top of the Eastern Conference table.

After trailing by a goal in Columbus on April 26, Wright-Phillips knew he needed to get near the area and in a good position to convert a cross or a solid pass to get level. He did just that.

In this match down in Frisco, Texas, at FC Dallas the weather was a big concern as the temperatures reached over 90 degrees while most of the country is still in spring. But it would be a great ball delivered by Henry, as he pulled in both defenders on him, that found Wright-Phillips who converted the only goal of the match.

What a fantastic moment we are seeing from BWP as he is starting to develop chemistry with Henry. But even he knows that it’s going to be difficult keeping up with the Arsenal legend as the man loves to get back into the midfield and brings up the ball to create the attack. Right now he’s listening to Henry as he is taking directions from the French legend and so far it’s all going very well for him.

At this moment, Wright-Phillips has scored 5 goals in 3 matches with 6 total goals since he broke the clean sheet against the Vancouver Whitecaps to start this season. But what we are seeing in him is that he is going to the right spots at the right time to convert his chances.

And the Red Bulls, after starting the season on a 6-game winless streak with 4 points, are rolling on a 4-game unbeaten streak with 10 points and quickly rising to the top of the Eastern Conference.

NEXT UP: May 10 – Red Bull New York vs. Chicago Fire, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey. 7 p.m. EST, MLS Live/MSG Network.

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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