Bradley Wright-Phillips arrived in Harrison, NJ in 2013 as he signed for the New York Red Bulls, and he hasn’t looked back since. Winning his first trophy with the club, just seven games into his Red Bulls career – then adding to it two years later. The question is, is BWP the goat for the New York Red Bulls?
Bradley Wright Phillips began his career at Manchester City, but spent the majority of his time in England in the second and third tiers, with numerous clubs, including Brentford, Charlton and Plymouth, scoring 80 goals in his career in England.
But it was time for change. And that change happened on 24th July 2013, when BWP signed for MLS-side, New York Red Bulls. It took just 7 games until he won the first trophy with the club, the Supporters Shield. The 2014 season was the ground-breaking season where he became a fan favorite, as he equalled a MLS goal-record, scoring 27 goals in the regular season, winning the Golden Boot in the process. 2015 was a down year – but he still scored 17 goals as the Red Bulls, under new coach Jesse Marsch, won the club’s second Supporters Shield. 2016 was another successful season for BWP as he scored 23 goals, winning his second Golden Boot ahead of David Villa.
He now holds numerous records with the New Yorks Red Bulls including 8th place in the all-time apperances with 156, the all-time top goalscorer in franchise history with 94 goals, won the Golden Boot twice (he was also the first English player to win it) and also holds the all time most hat-tricks. Not bad for a player coming in from England.
But… is he the goat?
I asked the Red Bulls fans on Twitter, and here is some of their replies:
Matt, who has been a dedicated fan since 1996, believes the story isn’t complete, but right now he is.
Shaunito believes he is the 2nd best player he has seen being a RBNY fan, but no one will better Thierry Henry.
7-0 (a handle name inspired by the Red Bulls beating NYCFC 7-0 at Yankee Stadium) says it is complex, but yes
He also says that he is more effective scorer than David Villa and Gio, and he is not sure why he isnt a super star in the MLS.
Is BWP the goat for the Red Bulls in your opinion? Let us know on Twitter by tweeting us at @DictateTheGame!
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