Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips suffers hamstring scare

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HARRISON, NJ — For those whom have made the argument that New York Red Bulls’ forward Bradley Wright-Phillips is strictly a product of Thierry Henry’s brilliance, you may have changed your tune after halftime of New York’s win over DC.

Major League Soccer’s leading goalscorer disappeared into the locker room never to emerge at halftime.  After yet another vibrant shift from the Englishman, the Red Bulls subbed Wright-Phillips out for newcomer Saer Sene in the second half, citing tightness in his hamstring.

“Bradley, I am going to get the full report after this but we took him out,” head coach Mike Petke explained.  “He said he felt something.  It wasn’t pulled or anything.  He just felt strained down their in his hamstring so we pulled him off so he doesn’t pull it.

“Hopefully we got him out in time.”

The incident seemed to occur some ten minutes prior to the half, with Wright-Phillips sending a weak shot into the arms of red-hot goalkeeper Bill Hamid.  Up to that point, the Englishman was as pesky as ever, challenging DC United’s defense down the middle and the flanks and putting shots towards net.

While relatively healthy throughout the season, this is now the second time Wright-Phillips has struggled with injuries in consecutive weeks.  He was held out of practice prior to this weekend’s Sporting KC clash due to an unspecified training ground injury.

His status for Philadelphia this weekend is yet to be determined.

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  • NYsoccerfan

    Vibrant yes, but he missed a hatful of chances again.

  • Didn’t realize he was pulled for hammy. Thought it was to send a message your have to finish your chances – if it was a message it would not have been out of line. Henry the perfectionsist all knowning again. Any update on his status?