With Thierry Henry leaving the team, the New York Red Bulls were down to a single Designated Player, Tim Cahill. The Red Bulls quickly put the number back up to two by resigning Bradley Wright-Phillips to a new DP contract. Wright-Phillips had a wonderful 2014 season that had to be the driving factor for the new contract and DP status.
- 37 total appearances in all competitions
- 31 goals in all competitions
- 27 goals in MLS Regular Season, tying Single Season Scoring Record
- 4 goals in 4 postseason appearances
- First Red Bull player to score 20 goals in a single season
- MLS Best XI
- 2014 MLS Golden Boot
- Castrol Index Top Player Award
- Voted Team MVP
- Scored against FC Bayern Munich in All-Star Game and Arsenal
Wright-Phillips has only been with the team for a year and a half after signing a contract on July 23rd, 2013, but not many can argue against him getting the Designated Player tag. In his year and a half with the Red Bulls, he's netted 33 goals in 46 appearances and was a big factor in the team's longest playoff run since 2008.
What do you think of Wright-Phillips getting Designated Player money?