Is Bradley Wright-Phillips Headed Towards Greatness?

Can BWP get to 20 goals or more this season?
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, July 14, 2014

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

It was just another game for Red Bull New York this past weekend. They were on a mission to fix themselves and right the wrongs of the current season. It seemed that a win over the Columbus Crew would right the ship and put RBNY back in the title hunt.

But there is one story that seems to be hidden or accidentally getting buried during this 2014 MLS Season — the golden boot leader is currently Bradley Wright-Phillips, who is red hot and looking to smash some records.

He scored a fantastic goal early in the game when Eric Alexander made a nice pass, threading it through 2 defenders to Thierry Henry. The French Maestro then made a quick cross to Wright-Phillips, who side-footed it inside the far post.

This fantastic season for Wright-Phillips started in Vancouver when he scored the consolation prize when the club was down 4-0, eventually they lost 4-1 due to BWP’s goal. But since April 23, he’s been on a tear with 2 hat tricks so far this season and a consistency we haven’t seen in a very long time.

Of course it doesn’t hurt to have one of the best strikers in history paired with you and accepting some nice passes as well, but nothing is keeping Bradley Wright-Phillips away from the goal and converting every single chance he can get.

He has 3 goal-scoring streaks as he started off with 8 goals in 5 games, then 2 goals in 2 games on May 24 and May 27. Now he’s got another streak that includes the win against the Columbus Crew as BWP converted 4 in 3 goals starting on June 27 till now.

At the moment the total has hit 15 goals this season for Bradley Wright-Phillips and there are plenty of games left. With 3 and a half months left to see if he can become the first Red Bulls/MetroStars player to score 20 goals in a season. With former greats like current NY Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese, current Chicago Fire Assistant Coach Clint Mathis, they have never had an individual season like this except for Juan Pablo Angel who came close in his first season in MLS.

Angel scored 19 goals and couldn’t get his 20th at the Home Depot Center to finish the job. And at the moment, Bradley Wright Phillips has that chance to earn the prize. But if it does happen, could we start talking about another record that is ready to get knocked off?

If you are thinking Roy Lassiter territory, then you would be correct. We all know that Chris Wondolowski came knocking on that door and could only tie the record back in 2012, but maybe this could be the year that it gets broken. But while we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves, let’s address the first hurdle and that is number twenty.

NEXT UP: July 16 — Red Bull New York vs. Philadelphia Union, PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania. 7 p.m. EDT, ESPN 2.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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