Supporter's Shield. It feels really good, again. These guys deserved it after setting records for wins (18) and points (60) in a season. From the fantasy angle, two players ended up on the Best XI. Let's see how our boys did:
Best Goalkeeper: Luis Robles: $5.5M (137 points; 9 clean sheets, 86 saves) - Robles was one of four 'keepers who played in every minute of every league game this season. He won 18 games and 20 in all competitions. The 2014 Save of the Year winner also brought home four Save of the Week awards, including three of the final four weeks of the season. He kept the Red Bulls alive in many games.
Best Defenseman: Damien Perrinelle: $7.2M (133 points; 8 clean sheets, 2 goals, 1 assists) - It has been a very interesting road for Damien Perrinelle the last two seasons. After registering only nine minutes over two games with the Red Bulls in 2014, being one of the eight players whose options were declined on 12/2/14 and being the only one of those eight to re-sign on 1/27/15, Perrinelle was inserted into a starting spot right away for the 2015 season. He was paired as center back with a 19-year old kid, who turned into a 20-year old stud by the end of the season. He happened to beat out Miazga (119 points), most likely due to the fact Miazga missed most of May for the U-20 World Cup, then missed the beginning of October for U-23 Olympic qualifying.
Continuing from my post before the Chicago game, the Red Bulls were 12-2-3 this season when Matt Miazga, Damien Perrinelle and Dax McCarty were all in the starting lineup. They were 6-8-3 when at least one was missing. They scored 39 points in the 17 games they all played in, better than four MLS teams did all season.
Best Midfielder: Sacha Kljestan: $10.9M (201 points; 8 goals, 14 assists) - Kljestan wins the award for most fantasy points on the Red Bulls, scoring 201 points. Receiving a red card in Week 16 against Vancouver must have lit a fire under Kljestan. After scoring only 52 points in his first 14 games (3.71 ppg), he came back from suspension to score 114 in his next 14 games (8.14 ppg). His 14 assist ties him with Thierry Henry and Eduardo Hurtado for most league assists in a season for the Red Bulls.
Best Striker: Bradley Wright-Phillips: $11.4M (180 points; 17 goals, 7 assists) - A no-brainer here since the Red Bulls primarily ran a 4-2-3-1 formation; he was the only striker. After tying the single-season scoring record with 27 goals in 2014, BWP took on a little more all-around role in 2015. He now has scored 50 goals in all competitions for the Red Bulls in his time with the team.
Most Points in One Game: (15 - three times) - Damien Perrinelle had a very rough game (well, HALF, since he got pulled after 45 minutes) against New England on the Wednesday of Week 29, then followed it up on the Sunday against Portland with one of RBNY's best fantasy performances of the season. Perrinelle helped keep a clean sheet and added a first half stoppage time goal off a looping header. He registered 18 CBAI (clearances, blocks and interceptions), which was his highest total of the season.
Bradley Wright-Phillips registered two 15-point games. His first was against New England in Week 19, grabbing two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory. He duplicated that score line in a 3-0 drubbing of D.C. United in Week 26. BWP was also lucky enough to tally two 13-point games. Fans voted they would like to see St. Bradley's Day as the name of the day when RBNY clinches more points on the season than NYCFC (37%). There's a reason for that. In their three victories over NYCFC this season, RBNY scored seven goals. BWP scored four of them.
Go get that Cup, boys!