You down with BWP?
Despite signing in mid-July last year, fans have been waiting to see what Bradley Wright-Phillips can bring.
Tonight, we found out. After a lackluster performance last week against the Union, Wright-Phillips got in all the right places against the Houston Dynamo, netting a hat trick.
While any consistency from the English forward remains to be seen, if Wright-Phillips can play half as well as he did tonight, the Red Bulls have one hell of a forward tandem.
Henry's still got it
Speaking of forwards, there aren't many times a player scores a hat trick and the Man of the Match award is up for debate. But it was tonight. Henry tallied assists on all of Wright-Phillips' goals, starting the play on the first two and drawing the penalty for the third, and scored one of his own.
It's clear Henry isn't the Henry of old, but he's still got it: he's still got that nose for goal, that calmness on the ball, that ability to see the game. Even in his late 30's he's still a cut above the rest of the league.
Tonight's performance was the kind of performance I was waiting for from the Red Bulls all year.
Granted, the Dynamo aren't in great shape, without a win in four and a goal in two, but they're a dangerous team and there are no nights off in MLS. This could have easily been a night the Red Bulls take off.
But they eviscerated the Dynamo. Aside from a short stretch at the start of the second where they could have easily gotten back into it, the Red Bulls took the game to the visitors. It's the sort of thing Red Bulls are capable of. The only issue is that it took so long to happen.
It's exactly what they needed heading into the weekend against the much improved Columbus Crew.