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Wright-Phillips MLS player of week

Here's the word from the league:

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 third week of the 2015 MLS season.

In the Red Bulls home opener on Sunday, the 2014 MLS Golden Boot winner opened up his 2015 account with a goal and an assist in the club’s 2-0 win over Eastern Conference rival D.C. United.

Wright-Phillips brought the home crowd to its feet in the 25th minute when he settled a perfectly weighted long ball from Dax McCarty to score his first ever goal against the Black-and-Red. The English Designated Player took two touches, skillfully flicking the ball past D.C. defender Steve Birnbaum, and finished a half-volley to the far post to take the early lead.

New York sealed all three points in the 71st minute, when they doubled their score on the counter. Wright-Phillips received the ball after a D.C United turnover in their own half and fed fellow countryman Lloyd Sam, who finished a low drive to the near post to take the first match of the Atlantic Cup.

The Red Bulls return to action this Saturday on the road when they face Columbus Crew SC at 7:30 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium (MLS LIVE).

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