Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates his goal. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis
FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Right now, jettisoning Bradley Wright-Phillips doesn’t look like a very good move for the Red Bulls.

In fact, it looks like an awful one and if the English striker continues on his pace, it could turn out to be one of the worst transactions in the club’s 25-year history, if not No. 1.

BWP found the net again for the Los Angeles Football Club in its 5-1 thrashing of the visiting San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night. He has scored four goals over six matches and 380 minutes this season.

In contrast, no Red Bulls forward has celebrated a goal in nine matches this season.

Nada. None. Zilch.

LAFC had suffered a pair of losses during Phase I of the MLS return to play, a 2-0 home defeat to the LA Galaxy and a 3-1 loss at the Seattle Sounders FC.

“It’s a great bounce back performance,” BWP told reporters afterwards. “I think it’s a game we needed. I think we needed to just bounce back from the last two results. It hasn’t been great. I think last week got a little better with the start but this week it was more of a complete performance; a little gutted about conceding the goal at the end but it’s a good performance.”

Wright-Phillips doubled the lead in the 49th minute after a horrendous pass by a San Jose defender Tanner Beason was intercepted. The striker was led with a perfect through ball and outraced Beason. BWP’s initial shot was saved by a sprawled goalkeeper Daniel Vega, before he slotted home the rebound from eight yards the right side of the penalty area.

The 35-year-old Wright-Phillips has had plenty of experience, taking on a leadership role with the Red Bulls, but admitted since he was so new to LAFC, he was taking it on slowly, but surely.

“It’s something I’ve got to do naturally,” he said. “I’ve got to try and do that, try and use my experience. But it’s also tough for me because I’m kind of new. I didn’t want to be just talking rubbish to the guys. They know how things work here a lot better than I do, and it’s a matter of taking my time and seeing where I can help out around the pitch.

“The team is young, but they have got a lot of clever, wise players, guys that have played a lot of big games, and it showed tonight. I think collectively, it has to come collectively. We have all got a responsibility, and I think tonight we saw that.”

BWP scored 108 goals in 195 matches with the Red Bulls from 2013 through last season. Bothered by injuries, Wright-Phillips struggled to find his form and scoring touch. He finished with only two goals and four assists in nine starts and 24 appearances.

Toward the end of the interview, someone asked Wright-Phillips if he knew how many career goals he had. Of course, the humble BWP said he did not know.

To which the reporter said, “112.”

“That’s not bad,” he replied.

Not bad at all, especially for a 35-year-old forward that some people was washed up.