Since the season is over, it's time to hand out some End of Year Awards. This week, we here at Once a Metro are asking you the fan to vote in a slew of categories. Below are the candidates for Offensive Player of the Year.
Bradley Wright-Phillips led the league in 2014 with 27 goals. While he didn't break the 20 goal mark in 2015, he did manage to score 18 goals. Add in 8 assists and he has two straight seasons with 20 goals and assists combined. He also set a Red Bull record for playoff goals. He reached the 50 goal (in all competitions) mark this season, only the third player in team history to do so. Considering the change in tactics in one year, it's remarkable that Wright-Phillips was able to do so well.
Kljestan was the big off season signing for the Red Bulls. The team traded Eric Alexander and Ambroise Oyongo to the Montreal Impact, in exchange for Felipe Martins and an allocation spot. That spot went to obtaining Kljestan. He went on to rack up 16 assists on the season, good for 2nd in a single season by a Red Bull player, 3 behind Henry's 19 in 2014. His 14 assists in the regular season was good enough to tie the team record for league assists. He also added 8 goals to make it 22 combined on the year.
Three Red Bull players managed to tally a combined 20 goals and assists in all competitions in 2015. The first two are Wright-Phillips and Kljestan. Lloyd Sam is the 3rd. His 21 combined won't break any records, but his play this year was a catalyst for a good portion of the team's record 60 goals in league play. He was asked to play a role that pinched him more centrally, when he was generally a player who would cross the ball into the box. The more direct play was part of the reason he scored twelve goals, and that Wright-Phillips had another 15+ goal year.
Who is your Offensive Player of 2015? Let us know by voting in the poll below. Voting ends at 12 pm eastern on December 7th.