For the first time since the 1700s an Englishman reigns supreme over New York.
Connor Lade (@clade5) August 14, 2016
Hail to thee, King Bradley of House Wright-Phillips.
On Saturday the Red Bulls' star striker notched a brace against Montreal Impact to tie and then break the all-time New York Red Bulls MLS scoring record previously held by club legend Juan Pablo Angel.
The feat itself would have been reason enough to celebrate, but given that Bradley's two goals also helped the team quickly overcome a 1-0 deficit en route to a 3-1 win over Eastern Conference rival Montreal Impact, the performance was that much more surreal - especially after the way Bradley was forced out of last Sunday's game against LA Galaxy with an injury.
It's a testament to the greatness - let alone the competitiveness - of BWP that he was not only able to recover so quickly from a leg injury to start the game, let alone have one of the finest games of his career.
At age 31, BWP may not have too many years left in soccer, but he has more than enough time to add to that goal total. 59 league goals (65 all-competitions for RBNY) and counting...
Here are the New York Red Bulls player ratings against Montreal Impact:
GK Luis Robles - 7.5
Aside from that defensive breakdown on the opening goal from Piatti, Robles had a solid game. And that breathtaking save in the final minutes was a thing of glory - and a possible candidate for Save of the Week.
DF Kemar Lawrence - 7
DF Aurelien Collin - 6.5
Thankfully Collin was not diagnosed with a concussion because he has been getting beaten up lately.
DF Ronald Zubar - 6
DF Chris Duvall - 5
Duvall was given the arduous task of trying to defend two of the best scorers in the MLS, and was fortunate enough to only pay for his struggles once.
MF Sean Davis - 9
A goal and two assists, not to mention plenty of big plays for Davis could very well earn him Team of the Week honors when all is said and done. For now though, a top-notch grade will have to suffice
MF Felipe - 7
MF Mike Grella - 7.5
Got an assist of his own and was in general a nightmare for Montreal to defend
MF Sacha Kljestan - 8
Lost in the euphoria of BWP's big day was the fact that Sacha recorded yet another assist - bringing his total to 14 and tying the single-season club record held by the Mustache Maestro and Thierry Henry.
MF Alex Muyl - 7.5
As soon as Muyl learns how to place his shots properly, this young man is going to be a superstar. Some of the best chances of the game were generated by Muyl.
FW Bradley Wright-Phillips - 10 (MVP)
After the knock he received against LA Galaxy many were concerned BWP would join Dax, Lade and DP on the sidelines for a couple of weeks. But just over 24 hours after receiving a medical all-clear from Jesse Marsch, Brad was not only playing against the Impact but delighting fans with a pair of superb goals that gave him sole possession of Red Bulls scoring crown.
Was it a "perfect" performance by BWP? Not really. But given all of the circumstances around the game, it was a perfect day for the Red Bulls' all-time leading scorer.
Sal Zizzo - 6
Gonzalo Veron - 8
Veron did everything but finish and had probably one of the most incredible charges down the field we've seen from any player in a long time.
Omer Damari - 6.5
Not given a ton of time to really make an impact (no pun intended), but the 15+ minutes he had on the pitch showed he is at the very least fit enough to get more reps in the immediate future - perhaps in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday?