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Red Bull's hat trick earns MLS player of week honors

I thought Clint Dempsey had a chance again, but hat tricks are hard to beat. 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 Week 8 of the 2014 MLS season.

Wright-Phillips notched a hat trick in the Red Bulls’ 4-0 win at home against Houston on Wednesday night and added another tally in the 1-1 draw against Columbus at Crew Stadium to round out the week.

Wright-Phillips opened the scoring against the Dynamo with a right footed shot from the center of the box in the 12th minute. Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty played a one-touch to defender Kosuke Kimura on the right flank, Kimura found forward Thierry Henry with plenty of space on the right side of the box who played a perfectly placed cross to Wright-Phillips for the finish.

The forward’s second goal came 12 minutes later from the same spot. Henry created some space in the midfield and dispatched midfielder Roy Miller on a long run down the left flank, Miller did well to keep the ball in bounds and served up Wright-Phillips to make it a 2-0 lead, this time with his left foot.

Wright-Phillips got the chance to complete the hat trick when Henry drew a foul in the penalty area in the 85th minute. Wright-Phillips stepped up to the spot and powered in a shot to the left side with his right foot to make it 4-0.

Against Columbus on Saturday, Wright-Phillips drew the game level at 1-1 with a fantastic finish in the 66th minute. Wright-Phillips took a perfect one-touch off the cross from Lloyd Sam and finished with a right-footed volley to the bottom right corner.

The New York Red Bulls return to action this Sunday on the road against FC Dallas (3:00 p.m. ET, UniMas).

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