99 goes 100: Bradley Wright-Phillips nets his 100th goal of his MLS career

By Danny Radical

By Dylan Ramsay


(Bradley Wright-Phillips (center) celebrates with teammates after his 100th goal: Photo Courtesy the Boston Herald)

There are only a few players, former and present who have tallied 100 goals in their Major League Soccer career, Landon Donovan, Dwayne De Rosario, and Kei Kamara are a few to name on that list. Joining them is the New York Red Bull’s Bradley Wright-Phillips who netted his 100th goal Wednesday at the new Audi Field, against DC United. Fans and teammates cheered as the Red Bulls took the lead while Wright-Phillips took off his “99” jersey to reveal a white jersey with 100 on the back. Five years and one day since he first signed with the Red Bulls back in 2013, and now he has 100 MLS goals.

“BWP” has been one of, if not the most reliable strikers in the MLS as of now. Back in 2014 and 2016 Wright-Phillips won the Golden Boot “honor” for most goals in a season. He is also the most underrated striker in the league. How is he the most underrated striker in MLS? In five seasons playing for the New York Red Bulls (currently in his 6th season) He has led the Red Bulls to the playoffs all five seasons with the multiple coaching changes.

When one thinks of current great MLS scorers’ names like Diego Valeri, David Villa, Josef Martinez and Clint Dempsey come to mind first before Bradley Wright-Phillips. “BWP” isn’t a terrible player he is just overshadowed by other players of the same caliber. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) is hailed as the best offensive player right now yet Bradley Wright-Phillips goal total (almost) doubles Giovinco’s total 100 to 64 according to MLS’ official website. (Giovinco started two seasons after Wright-Phillips)

MLS fans have known for a long time Wright-Phillips is without a doubt an elite level player on the pitch, Red Bulls fans especially have known this since his debut. The playing styles of his coaches have been said to aid in his 100-goal achievement. When Head Coach Jesse Marsch left the Red Bulls for RB Leipzig in the beginning of July, thoughts were that the production on field for Bradley Wright-Phillips wouldn’t be as consistent with Chris Armas taking the head coach position. Wright-Phillips has proven despite a mid-season coaching change he is still a reliable striker in the league.
It isn’t the head coaches he’s had, he is just that good! RBNY fan and regular on “Sports on the Go 1’s” show “The Home Stretch,” Rene Canales can tell you the way Bradley Wright-Phillips plays is unbelievable and has been one of the main reasons the Red Bulls have made the playoffs each of his five seasons. I’m a New York City FC fan, I prefer David Villa as my guy, but that’s my bias against cross town rivals. However, I can’t deny the greatness of “BWP,” it’s time the rest of MLS fans should realize his greatness.