By Michael Lewis
Try to figure this one out, folks.
Despite another record-breaking season, Bradley Wright-Phillips could not break into the MLS Best XI.
However, the Red Bulls striker was awarded an even higher honor Tuesday as he was named to the Concacaf men’s Best XI for 2018.
BWP was only one of four Major League Soccer players chosen to the team, along with Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, a former MetroStar who was the lone American on the side, Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco of Italy, the confederation’s men’s player of the year, and Minnesota United midfielder Francisco Calvo of Costa Rica.
The 33-year-old Wright-Phillips became took sixth place in the MLS MVP balloting, despite enjoying another stellar season.
The Englishman broke several league records and continued his rise in league’s career scoring list. Wright-Phillips became the fastest player in MLS history to 100 goals as he reached that milestone in 159 matches, surpassing Taylor Twellman’s mark of 174 games. He also became the first player in league history to score at least 15 goals over five consecutive seasons and to register 20 or more goals in a season three times.
Wright-Phillips’ 20 league goals last season raised his career total to 106, good for eighth place on the MLS all-time list.
Concacaf Male Best XI
GK – Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
DF – Hugo Ayala (MEX) – Tigres UANL/MEX
DF – Edson Alvarez (MEX) – Club America/MEX
DF – Cuco Martina (CUW) – Stoke City FC/ENG
DF – Francisco Calvo (CRC) – Minnesota United FC/USA
MF – Hector Herrera (MEX) – Porto FC/POR
MF – Michael Bradley (USA) – Toronto FC/CAN
MF – Andres Guardado (MEX) – Real Betis/ESP
FW – Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
FW – Bradley Wright-Phillips (ENG) – New York Red Bulls/USA
FW – Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN