Bradley Wright-Phillips is the only player in MLS history to score 20 or more goals in three season. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Another game, another goal, another record and milestone and another humble response from Bradley Wright-Phillips.
So what else is new?
BWP became the first Major League Soccer player to score at least 20 goals in three seasons in the Red Bulls’ 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
He might have been the least impressed person at Avaya Stadium about his latest achievement.
“It’s not what you think about, especially around this time,” he said. “Coming out to play and you just try to get in a good rhythm and be difficult to beat.”
Wright-Phillips lifted the Red Bulls into a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute. He nodded a shot off the left post. The ball rebounded toward the right side and a streaking Wright-Phillips slotted it home for goal No. 20 this season.
Some observers called the goal spectacular.
“It was? I wanted the header to go in,” he said. “Does that count as my assist? I was just trying to get in a decent position in the box and get my head on something. It hit the post and came back to me. That’s not really normal. I just tried to get it on target really.”
As it turned out, BWP wasn’t the only standout to find the back of the net.
Former U.S. international Chris Wondolowski, who came on as a second-half substitute, spoiled goalkeeper Luis Robles’ bid for a shutout with a goal in the 83rd minute goal that moved him within one score — he has 144 — of Landon Donovan’s all-league MLS career goal-scoring record.
“Wondo is a legend,” Wright-Phillips said. “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times and I’ve watched a lot of his goals; I’m happy for him, he’s done well. Massive accomplishment in this league. It goes without saying. Everyone knows that he’s a good player and a great striker.”
The same thing can be said about BWP — and then some.