Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the 50th goal of his career with the New York Red Bulls against Chicago Fire on October 25, 2015. It was the first of the two goals RBNY needed to secure a 2-1 win and the 2015 Supporters' Shield. And it also made BWP just the third player in history to reach the 50-goal landmark for this club. He now trails only Thierry Henry (52) and Juan Pablo Angel (62) on the Red Bulls' all-time scoring list.
BWP's achievements for RBNY and in MLS are such that they deserve much more extended examination and analysis. But the 2015 season is not yet over for the Red Bulls, so let us save that tribute for the off-season.
Still, we cannot allow BWP's latest record to pass unacknowledged. His 50th goal for RBNY was his 17th in the MLS 2015 regular season, and his 44th league goal of the last two seasons. And 44 goals in two seasons is a league record.
.@TheRealBWP ties @MLS record for most goals in consecutive seasons w/44. He ties Stern John (98-99 with CLB) with 44 over two seasons.— Jason Baum (@JasonBaumPR) October 25, 2015
Yes, BWP tied the MLS single-season scoring record in 2014 and now he has tied the league's scoring record for goals in two consecutive seasons. He continues to match the highest standards of goal scoring in MLS history.
Incidentally, the man whose two-season scoring record BWP just tied - Stern John - left MLS for England and eventually landed at Southampton in the 2007-08 season. Among John's teammates at his club that year was a young striker named Bradley Wright-Phillips.