When Bradley Wright-Phillips came over to the New York Red Bulls on a trial to play with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, no one could ever imagine the amount of goals that he would score and quickly become a legend of the club.
On an early Saturday afternoon in our nation’s capital you saw BWP equal the amount of goals that D.C. United converted and stole a point from the new home of the capital club, as Wright-Phillips converted his fifth Hat Trick and his first since May 28 of 2016 as he scored all three goals within the first twenty-seven minutes against Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena.
This was also his first hat trick match on the road out of the five he has converted since he took down the Houston Dynamo back on April 23, of 2014 when he converted twenty-seven times in 2014.
It’s amazing what he has done since coming over and to see his movements on the field you can have the automatic feeling when he gets service for the ball and when he is able to dribble the ball towards the oppositions area, he is going to put the ball into the back of the net.
So far he is already the fastest player in MLS history to score 100 league goals within 159 matches, he has already scored fifteen goals in five consecutive seasons and now he is going to create a new record when he has a chance this coming Saturday when Toronto FC visits Red Bull Arena.
We all know he tied the league single season record with 27 goals back in 2014 (Now the record belongs to Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez), He converted 24 times in 2016 and that made him a two time 20 goal season player.
If Bradley Wright-Phillips converts one more goal against any of the next five games that the Red Bulls will play in, he can become the first player in league history to have three seasons scoring 20 goals or more.
The way that Wright-Phillips has been scoring goals, get chances and having different players servicing him so many balls, it’s just crazy that all he needs is a small bit of space and convert as many of the chances he has received.
If you were able to watch the match on ESPN or if you were at Audi Field and recorded the match back home, ESPN MLS Analyst Taylor Twellman went absolutely crazy when BWP took a fantastic cross by Alex Muyl and on a half volley beats Bill Hamid Top Shelf.
And of course the term he used for BWP was simply this. “All he needs is a half of a yard.” If that is all BWP needs to convert all the chances he has put away in league play, US Open Cup play, MLS Cup Playoffs and starting the season in the CONCACAF Champions League, then he is just as good as some of the other great players that have been apart of this league from the past up to the present.
While we have seen some fantastic strikers from Giovanni Savarese, to Clint Mathis, Juan Pablo Angel and Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips has put himself into the conversations as one of the best this club has had and I will also argue one of the top players in MLS.
The club has retired his game number 99 and that was a fantastic honor to give Wright-Phillips, but to be honest when his playing days are completely finished. I would love to see a statue erected outside Red Bull Arena and it’s BWP clicking his heels.