Bradley Wright-Phillips Makes NY Soccer History

BWP is the first Metro/RBNY player to score 20 goals in an MLS Season
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, August 25, 2014

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

When you talk about the history of this club most of the time it’s negative and frustrating when you have some of the best players coming over outside of the United States or developing those players from within.

When you talk about these great players of the past like Roberto Donadoni, Giovanni Savarese, Clint Mathis, Adolpho Valencia, Alex Comas, Lothar Mattahaus, Jozy Altidore, you would assume that some of these great players would have either achieved a fantastic season scoring a bunch of goals or already won a title.

But within the last nineteen seasons since the start of Major League Soccer in 1996 not a single striker or player for this club has gotten close to the number 20 in goals scored within a season, except for the Colombian superstar in Juan Pablo Angel back in his first season in 2007 who ended that campaign with 19.

When Thierry Henry came over and started to have a wonderful 2012 season after a loan spell returning to Arsenal, he started to score plenty of goals and tore up the beginning of the season till he pulled his Hamstring on April 28th at home against the New England Revolution after he scored his ninth of the season.

But for some strange reason it was one Ian Wright’s sons who made the trek to the United States in last season’s summer transfer window to play with Thierry Henry and to see if he can improve his form and do well for the Red Bulls. Towards the end of last season Bradley Wright-Phillips started to make strides and paying off the faith of head coach Mike Petke.

When the 2014 season got underway, Wright-Phillips first tally was on the road in Vancouver and it ripped up the clean sheet for the Whitecaps. In the home opener against the Rapids on March 15th he pulled a hamstring and missed over a month till he returned on April 16th against the Union at Red Bull Arena, but when the Houston Dynamo came to town the week after BWP torched the net with a hat trick and that started the goal parade.

Since the hat trick against the Dynamo Wright-Phillips has converted nineteen goals in nineteen games with two hat tricks and a thirst for the color Orange as five of those nineteen have been scored against Houston with one more game against them at Red Bull Arena this coming October.

When Wright-Phillips tied and passed the great Juan Pablo Angel this past Saturday night I stood up inside the press box and applauded this great feat. In this league where it’s very physical and demanding you must have a very special player to have a special season to make a moment like this happen and as of right now Bradley Wright-Phillips is red hot.

Now that the club record has been taken down the next hurdle is the league record and The Real BWP has ten games remaining in the regular season to tie or break the record and it should be a fun time to see him do it where six of those ten games are at Red Bull Arena.


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.