New King In Town: BWP surpasses Angel as Red Bulls top scorer

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Bradley Wright-Phillips has permanently etched his name into the New York Red Bulls record books, thanks to his 90th minute equalizer in Chicago Sunday night.

The London native and longtime club striker surpassed Juan Pablo Angel for the team’s all time goal scoring record with his 63rd career Red Bull goal.

Wright-Phillips reaches his achievement in two less games than Angel who played 113 games for the team in all competitions. BWP has been with the team since 2013 but has played 30 plus games a year for the club since 2014 when he tied the single season goal record with 27 tallies. That mark is shared with San Jose Earthquakes player Chris Wondolowski and MLS legend Roy Lassiter.

Having to perform in the shadow of the retired French legend Thierry Henry, many doubted that Wright-Phillips could keep up his goal scoring pace following the 2014 season. However, Wright-Phillips has found himself in the position of being considered one of the most lethal strikers in MLS.

While the record is clearly the highlight of the night, one would be remiss to note that Wright-Phillips has scored three goals in the last two games, bringing his total for the season up to 12,  tying him for second place in the league — just one under David Villa.

Bradley Wright-Phillips’ career has seen a meteoric rise since joining the New York Red Bulls organization. Previously he was a journeyman, playing for various English clubs including Manchester City, Southampton and Charlton Athletic. He became a designated player for New York in 2015 and has shined in the spotlight since that point.

Wright-Phillips career as a Red Bull is far from over but from this point forward, the striker is in uncharted waters as he sets new benchmarks for future strikers in the organization.

 

  • Great job by BWP! A certain RBNY legend