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Bradley Wright-Phillips didn’t win Goal of the Week and I’m mad as hell

Ross Haley is mad.

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Bradley Wright-Phillips didn’t win Goal of the Week and I’m as mad as hell

Bradley Wright-Phillips did not win Goal of the Week for his stunning strike Week 4 against Minnesota United.

Bradley Wright-Phillips did not finish second in the voting for Goal of the Week for his stunning strike against Minnesota United.

This goal finished in third place in the voting for MLS Goal of the Week for Week 4 of the MLS season.

Admire Alex Muyl’s incredible pass! Fawn over BWP’s incredible body control! Marvel at the seemingly effortlessly perfect one-time finish!

I’m sure you – dear reader who is smart and handsome enough to peruse Once a Metro – can see how brilliant this goal is. Why can’t… 90% OF VOTERS?

Does the average American soccer fan have the mental faculties of a boiled peanut? (Yes.)

Does Bradley Wright-Phillips continue to not receive the credit he deserves on a day-to-day, week-to-week, and year-to-year basis? (Also yes.)

Now, I’m sure Yamil Asad would have won the Goal of the Week award during some other seven-day stretch for his…

...softly placed 18-yard pass into the corner of the net with no defender within ten yards of him. What a… strike(?)… from him. Congratulations, Yamil. I’m sure this is one for the highlight reel.

I’m not even going to watch the runner-up effort from the Portland TimbersSebastian Blanco because the last thing anyone wants to do is give attention to anyone in or around Cascadia. Just ignore them and hopefully they’ll eventually go away.

But seriously, what does BWP have to do to get the credit he deserves? It was bad enough when he didn’t win the multiple Most Valuable Player awards that he clearly deserved. Now he’s not winning meaningless Goal of the Week votes? Other Red Bulls fans may have given up the fight and settled into the comfortable discomfort that he’s always going to be disrespected.

Well, I’m not gonna leave this alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your beat writer, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the national team depression and the attendance inflation and the Mexican national team and the crime in FIFA. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say: “BWP is a top MLS player, god dammit! His performance has value!’

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your stupor. I want you to get up right now and go to the computer. Open Twitter and turn on the caps lock, and tweet, “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your computer. Open Twitter and turn on the caps lock and tweet, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!” Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad! You’ve got to tweet, “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!” Then we’ll figure out what to do about the national team depression and the attendance inflation and the CONCACAF Champions League. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the Twitter app, turn on the caps lock, and type, and tweet it. “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

What’s that? He won the MLS Player of the Week Award?

Just kidding. Forget about that other stuff I said. Congrats, Bradley.