Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday.
Wright-Phillips recorded a hat-trick to lead the Red Bulls to a 3-3 draw against Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United at Audi Field Sunday. It marked Wright-Phillips’ fifth career MLS hat trick, which ties for second-most in league history. He now has 19 goals this season, second-most in MLS.
All three BWP goals were equalizers – just the second time in league history in which three game-tying goals were scored in a single match – and his first came in the 41st minute when the Red Bulls were down 1-0. Tim Parker headed the ball toward the six-yard area, and when the delivery wasn’t cleared by D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, Wright-Phillips cleaned up with a right-footed bicycle kick into the right side of the frame to level the score at 1-1 heading into halftime (Watch Goal).
Down 2-1 in the second half, Wright-Phillips notched his second goal in the 76th minute against the run of play, when Michael Murillo pushed up with a cross from the right side toward the top of the 18-yard box. Wright-Phillips took a quick touch and slotted his shot inside the left post to tie things up at 2-2 (Watch Goal).
Wright-Phillips completed his hat-trick with an equalizer in the 90th minute, redirecting a cross from Alex Muyl from seven yards while finding the inside of the near left post to earn a 3-3 road draw (Watch Goal).
The Red Bulls as they host defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena Saturday (5 p.m. ET / TSN2, ESPN+).
The player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters.