Bradley Wright-Phillips has registered eight goals and five assists for LAFC. (Photo courtesy of LAFC)
Every time Bradley Wright-Phillips takes the field for the Los Angeles Football Club, at least one Red Bulls fan cries out in agony.
Those cries might have sounded even louder Sunday as the 35-year-old striker set up LAFC’s final goal in a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy in El Trafico at Banc of California Stadium.
Released by the Red Bulls after an injury-plagued season in 2019, BWP has been nothing short of a revelation for LAFC and head coach Bob Bradley.
He has been used as a starter and a substitute by Bradley, who doesn’t want to burn out the prolific goal-scorer.
BWP, who replaced Danny Musovski in the 70th minute, thought he had scored to give LAFC a two-goal bulge in the 83rd minute, but he was ruled offside.
Undeterred, Wright-Phillips set up Carlos Vela’s first goal since early March in the three minutes into second-half stoppage time, as the Mexican international striker lofted a 12-yard shot over goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann.
Wright-Phillips has recorded eight goals and five assists in 14 starts over 16 matches and 1,016 minutes.
He has accrued 116 goals and 33 assists in 211 MLS appearances since he joined the Red Bulls in 2013.