Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored at least 17 or more goals a season across four years, a league record. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
HARRISON, N.J. — Veteran striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has been named the Red Bulls’ MVP for the Major League Soccer season, the team announced Friday.
Aaron Long was selected defender of the year honors, Panamanian international defender Michael Amir Murillo newcomer of the year, and Luis Robles as humanitarian of the year.
Wright-Phillips continued his offensive output, further cementing his place in the club’s record books. BWP recorded 17 goals in the regular season, bringing his league total to 86. Wright-Phillips has scored at least 17 regular season goals in each of his four full seasons, giving him the most goals over a four-year span in league history.
The Englishman added seven goals across CONCACAF Champions League, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the MLS Cup Playoffs. With a goal in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto FC, he became the first player in club history to reach 100 goals across all competitions.
Long, the 2016 United Soccer League’s defender of the year, made the transition to every day starter in MLS, leading all Red Bulls defenders with 31 league appearances and 41 across all competitions. He led the squad in blocks (21) and clearances (193) and ranked second in interceptions with 61. Long scored his first MLS goal Sept. 2, helping New York earn a 2-2 draw at FC Dallas Sept. 2.
Murillo made 17 appearances in MLS after joining the team on loan in February. He scored two goals while playing outside back and center back and finished in the top five on the team in interceptions (41) and clearances (56). Murillo was a regular for Panama’s national team as the nation earned a spot in the 2018 World Cup.
While continuing his iron man streak on the field Robles also aided the local community, serving as the spokesperson for the club’s Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign. Robles hosted a dinner that raised more than $100,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer, with all of the funds going directly to research. He also has made monthly visits to children’s hospitals, volunteers at clinics and training programs for underprivileged children, and is a champion of Autism Awareness and Special Olympics. Robles was a finalist for MLS humanitarian of the year for the second consecutive season.