HANOVER, N.J. – Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored a lot of goals in his MLS career, 117 in the regular season and playoffs to be exact. He has a dozen goals against D.C. United alone, all impactful, but none as memorable as his landmark 100th last July, when he gave the Red Bulls a lead they wouldn’t relinquish amid a summer downpour at Audi Field.
He can be forgiven for overlooking a couple goals among the lot, but in the context of this week, with another trip to face D.C. United at Audi Field on Wednesday, the 34-year-old striker quite amusingly could not recall two postseason goals he scored against the Red Bulls’ original nemesis.
Playing the role of hard-hitting journalist on a softball question, after Wright-Phillips matter-of-factly answered that his 100th goal was his best memory against D.C., I tried to advocate for a playoff goal against D.C in 2015.
“I scored against them in playoffs?” he asked curiously.
“I can’t remember, 100 goals,” he repeated before laughing. “I don’t remember, I’m getting older, I can’t remember.”
As the interview finished and Wright-Phillips started to walk away, I recalled another playoff goal of his against D.C., in 2014.
Perhaps all else pales in comparison to that century mark goal last year, perhaps all those playoff contributions are blocked out by the painful exits that ultimately followed, or perhaps 117 goals are just a lot to keep track of.
Regardless, take a trip down memory lane and gain a snapshot into the dialogue that follows after the camera stops rolling, as BWP and I put the pieces together (off by a few minor details) on his playoff contributions against the Red Bulls’ oldest rival: