Bradley Wright-Phillips, “The Ultimate Scoring Machine”

IMAGE, NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM (BY ROB TRINGALI)

HARRISON, N.J. – Prior to Thursday’s wildcard encounter, New York Red Bull fans unveiled a brilliant TIFO honoring Bradley Wright-Phillips, dubbing him “The Ultimate Scoring Machine.”

By the end of Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Sporting KC, he proved more than equal to that monicker.

The MLS Golden Boot winner once again played hero for the Red Bulls, netting a brace in a 2-0 victory over Sporting KC, upping his goal total to 29 across all competitions.

“Bradley, what can you say,” a beaming Mike Petke said after the match.  “Two goals again tonight. Love him.”

Wright-Phillip’s brace propelled the Red Bulls towards their first postseason victory at Red Bull Arena.  That significant milestone is just another accomplishment in what has been a memorable, record-breaking year for the English striker.  Not only did he win the MLS Golden Boot, becoming the first player in the Red Bull era to do so, but he also managed to tie both Roy Lassiter and Chris Wondolowski for a share of the MLS single-season goal scoring record.

How has he done it?  The “Ultimate Scoring Machine” has achieved through consistency.  His longest goal scoring drought occurred very early on in the season.  Scoring the Red Bulls’ lone goal against Vancouver in the season opener, Wright-Phillips failed to find the back of the net for six of the team’s ensuing matches.

That failure quickly changed.  Since scoring a hat trick against the Houston Dynamo on April 23rd, Wright-Phillips has been on fire, netting 28 goals in 26 appearances.  His longest droughts during that time came in two separate, two-game intervals. In fact, over that 27 game stretch, Wright-Phillips scored in all but nine encounters.

Of course, it isn’t just his impressive goal tally that should be applauded; it is the quality of his goals that should be hailed as well.  Wright-Phillips managed six game winners this season.  Thursday’s performance will make it seven across all competitions.  That is second only to MLS MVP contender Lee Nguyen of the New England Revolution.

For the Red Bulls, goals are only part of the equation when speaking about the impact of Wright-Phillips.  To a man, both staff and players praise the former Charlton striker not only for his production on the field, but for his commitment off of it, making him not only the “Ultimate Scoring Machine,” but the ultimate teammate as well.

How this Cinderella season ends is still up in the air, but one thing is for certain; Wright-Phillips has assured New York of yet another chapter.

  • Anthony J. Merced

    This guy is such a fantastic success story. He’s really been the team MVP and stepped up when the team needed him. I would say I hope he keeps it up but he’s been doing it all year.