How BWP Joined the 27 Goal Club

Bradley Wright-Phillips made a name for himself this season. Here's how.
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

It all came down on the final game of the 2014 regular season as Bradley Wright-Phillips converted 2 times to join both Roy Lassiter and Chris Wondolowski in scoring 27 goals in one season. There were so many chances to break that record, sadly the full time whistle blew, but the excitement was palpable.

What a ride this was that got started on Wednesday, April 23. With a goal already in Wright-Phillips’ pocket at Vancouver, BWP suffered an injury in the home opener against Colorado and missed 2 games before his explosion. He showed no mercy every time he got the ball, attacking the opposition’s net.

He converted 3 hat tricks in 1 season with terrorizing the Dynamo on April 23, his second against the Fire on May 10 in a loss and his last one against the Sounders on September 20 as he torched the net. You would think the Red Bull Arena crew would have to replace the nets during the game as Wright-Phillips continued to do damage to them.

Other stats that helped Wright-Phillips achieve this feat was getting his chances at the penalty spot 6 times and converting all of them. 3 of his 6 were a part of his 3 hat tricks. And of course there is the Thierry Henry factor, as he was able to assist 9 times to give help to this fantastic ride for Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Discussing the victims of Wright-Phillips, he scored 5 goals in 3 games against Houston, 4 goals in 3 games against Sporting Kansas City. He also notched 6 game-winners and 4 game-tying goals.

Most people have been saying that Wright-Phillips is scoring all these goals because he is getting all the assists from Henry. While it’s true that Henry assisted 9 times and 2 of those 9 came from the April 23 game, he’s been getting help from his buddy Lloyd Sam, Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo and a couple of others that are making him look good and that final game of the regular season had no Henry, as he suffered his Chronic Achilles flair up in both feet.

But this was a great story for the league after going through a World Cup and a war of words between MLS Commissioner Don Garber and US Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Now there is company with Lassiter & Wondo with Wright-Phillips moving into that 27 Goal Club apartment. Let’s all hope that in 2015 Bradley Wright-Phillips can break the record.

NEXT UP: October 30 — MLS Playoffs: Red Bull New York vs. Sporting KC, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 8 p.m. EST, ESPN 2. 

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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