Bradley Wright-Phillips decided to take a ride on bicycle and it wound up as the goal of the week Monday.

The Red Bulls forward’s goal was honored for the week ending Sunday, May 21.

Wright-Phillips scored his fifth goal of the Major League Soccer season and 74th of his Red Bulls career in the 39th minute of the 1-1 tie with Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena Friday night.

After a foul called deep inside Toronto territory, Sacha Kljestan sent a free kick into the penalty area. Fredrik Gulbrandsen headed the ball from the right side of the box to the left side to Wright-Phillips, who scored with an over-the-head kick.

“I never plan to bike,” BWP said. “I just tried to get something on the second ball, I’m not very big, I’m not very strong, I never really win the first ball so I try to let the distraction be the first ball and just try and get on the second and Freddy well with a great header back across goal so I just tried to just be there really.”

Wright-Phillips, who became the third Red Bulls player to earn such honors, broke a three-week stranglehold New York City FC had on the goal of the week.


Video courtesy of the Red Bulls’ Facebook page player of the week winners


Week 1 (March 6) — Joseph Bendik (Orlando City SC)

Week 2 (March 13) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Week 3 (March 20) — Rodney Wallace (New York City FC)

Week 4 (March 27) — Vincent Bezecourt (New York Red Bulls II)

Week 5 (April 3) — Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC)

Week 6 (April 10) — Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos)

Week 7 (April 17) — Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls)

Week 8 (April 24) — Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls)

Week 9 (May 1) — Jack Harrison (New York City FC)

Week 10 (May 8) — Rodney Wallace (New York City FC)

Week 11 (May 15) — Tommy McNamara (New York City FC)

Week 12 (May 22) — Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at