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 week 10 of the 2015 MLS season.
In the historic first-ever meeting between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC, Wright-Phillips rose to the occasion, netting a brace to hand the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory in front of a packed Red Bull Arena on Sunday night. With his two-goal performance, Wright-Phillips is now NYRB’s fifth all-time leading goal scorer with 33 tallies and is tied for third in club history in multi-goal games with seven.
Last year’s MLS Budweiser Golden Boot winner notched the first goal in the New York derby’s history in the fourth minute with some help from teammate Lloyd Sam. Sam received the ball just outside the area and sprinted towards the byline where he did well to create space and pick out Wright-Phillips right in front of goal. The Englishman then effortlessly volleyed his shot past NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders from close range.
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The Red Bulls were reduced to 10 men in the 36th minute, but that didn’t stop the home side as Wright-Phillips earned his second of the night just seven minutes into the second half. After defender Kemar Lawrence cleared a New York City attacking threat, the Red Bulls quickly hit on the counter, with Sam finding an open Sacha Kljestan on the left side with a wonderful switch. Kljestan then played a square ball to an unmarked Wright-Phillips inside the six-yard-box, who deftly finished past a helpless Saunders.
The Red Bulls return to action this Friday on the road when they face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium at 9:00 p.m. ET on this week’s Viernes de Futbol doubleheader on UDN.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.