New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 23rd week of the 2016 MLS season.
With a brace in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact, Wright-Phillips became the Red Bulls’ all-time regular season leading goal scorer with 59 goals, surpassing club legend Juan Pablo Angel’s record of 58.
Wright-Phillips now has 14 tallies this season, good for second in the Golden Boot race, and four assists. The prolific striker has helped the Red Bulls climb to third place in the Eastern Conference standings (36 points, 10-9-6 record) while claiming a seven-game unbeaten streak in MLS play. The Red Bulls are undefeated this year when Wright-Phillips records a goal or assist, going 7-0-4.
With the Red Bulls trailing Montreal 1-0 in the 21st minute, Wright-Phillips responded with the equalizer just a minute later. He collected the ball at the top of the box where he was tripped up, before managing to squeeze a shot past goalkeeper Evan Bush to draw the game even at 1-1.
Wright-Phillips completed his brace with the game-winner in the 41st minute, redirecting a Sean Davis cross with a beautifully placed header for a 2-1 Red Bulls advantage.
The historic goal placed Wright-Phillips atop the Red Bulls’ all-time regular season goal scoring list.
Wright-Phillips said of his record on Saturday night, “It’s definitely a proud moment, you know, the names associated with that record before, I shouldn’t even be in that category. Somehow by the grace of God I’m in it and I’m going to see how many I can get and I just have to thank my teammates and everyone that’s helped me to get to this record. I can only be thankful.”