Bradley Wright-Phillips had more to celebrate Tuesday after his brace vs. Minnesota. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
|Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips Tuesday was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters for the fourth week of the season.
Wright-Phillips scored two goals in the Red Bulls’ 3-0 victory over Minnesota United FC at Red Bull Arena Saturday.
The English striker has 89 goals in his MLS career, ranking 11th while scoring more goals (88) over a five-year span than any player in MLS history. The Red Bulls sit third in the Eastern Conference with six points (2-1-0), while Wright-Phillips is tied for third in the league with three goals.
With the Red Bulls holding a 1-0 lead after a 15th minute goal, BWP gave his club an insurance goal with an acrobatic play in the 42nd minute. Tim Parker deflected a New York free kick towards goal, then Wright-Phillips beat goalkeeper Matt Lampson to the ball with a right-footed flick to put it over his head and into the back of the net (Watch Goal).
Wright-Phillips then completed his brace in the 78th minute to give New York a 3-0 lead, finishing Alex Muyl’s pass with a chip from just inside the box over Lampson (Watch Goal). It was the 19th multi-goal performance in Wright-Phillips’ MLS regular season career.
Wright-Phillips and the Red Bulls return to action Saturday, visiting Orlando City SC (1 p.m. ET, UniMás / Twitter).