The game in 100 words (or less): One of the top finishers in Major League Soccer history was at it again Sunday as Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice to break open a scoreless match which could fairly be described as a bit of a dud. Aside from a lackluster Derrick Jones red card and a remarkable Luis Robles stop on Chris Pontius (hence the remark), there wasn’t much cooking before BWP bagged a brace starting in the 87th minute. The Red Bulls move back into a playoff spot with their second road win of the season.
53′ — Jones slips, misses ball, catches leg, sent off — It was fitting that even the send-off was weak, as Derrick Jones appeared to slip while launching into a tackle and clumsily missed the ball. His follow-through caught Felipe Martins and that was all she wrote.
87′ — Lawrence’s seeing-eye pass finds BWP — There’s so much to love in the build-up here, which is calm from the Red Bulls as the Union look exhausted. Kemar Lawrence gets the ball on the left, BWP was already breaking and look…at that… ball.
90+2′ — BWP slides into your DMs — Not entirely sure that makes any sense, but look at how casually the striker maneuvers his way into scoring position before hitting the grass to knock in the insurance marker.
Man of the Match: BWP.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Benoit Cheyrou scored on a diving header in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls on Friday night, ending the Canadian team’s franchise-record winning streak at six games.
Toronto FC (7-1-5) had three good scoring chances in the final 10 minutes for the first seven-game winning streak in the MLS since the 2012 season. Jozy Altidore‘s penalty kick was blocked by Luis Robles in the 81st minute. On the previous play, Altidore tried to chip the keeper but it went wide and Tosaint Ricketts was knocked down in the penalty area chasing the loose ball.
In the 84th minute, Ricketts controlled a long pass with his chest on a breakaway but his shot hit the crossbar. Then Ricketts appeared to score in the 89th but it was whistled back for an offside call.
New York (5-6-2) snapped a three-game losing streak. In the 38th minute, Sacha Kljestan’s free kick was headed across goal by Fredrik Gulbrandsen and Wright-Phillips finished it with a bicycle kick to open the scoring (WATCH HERE).
Before coming to MLS, Bradley Wright-Phillips had enjoyed a professional footballing career which could probably be best described as “fine”… had he not been born the son of one of England’s most prolific goal scorers, Ian Wright.
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In 302 appearances across three diferent levels of English soccer, Wright-Phillips had 80 career goals to his name — a goal every five games, which is by no means prolific.
Since arriving in MLS during the summer of 2013 (at the age of 28), the man now quite affectionately known as BWP has bagged a goal once every 130 minutes he’s been on the field — well above a goal every other game.
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On Friday, BWP scored his 74th regular-season goal in MLS to put the New York Red Bulls ahead of league-leading Toronto FC. It was one of the more difficult finishes he’s had to apply in MLS, an overhead kick from a pretty tight angle. Not a problem for BWP.
Week 5 of the 2017 MLS season wraps up on Sunday with a pair of national TV games, one each in the tightly contested Eastern and Western Conferences.
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Up first, Orlando City SC and the New York Red Bulls will both be looking to bounce back from defeats suffered last weekend — Orlando, at the hands of Columbus Crew SC; New York, at the hands of Houston Dynamo. Cyle Larin enters Sunday’s home game with three goals in three games, from which Orlando have two wins. On the other side, Bradley Wright-Phillips, fresh off signing his lucrative Designated Player deal, has two from New York’s first five games (winless in three — two losses, one draw).
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In the weekend’s nightcap, arguably the league’s two most anemic offenses face off at Children’s Mercy Park — one through frustration and inability to score, the other largely by choice. Sporting Kansas City have scored all of two goals and have been held scoreless in three of four games this season. Meanwhile, the Colorado Rapids, who last season conceded just 32 goals in 34 games (best in MLS), remain inarguably the least exciting, most tedious attacking team in the league. Someone has to score, or not.
Sunday’s MLS schedule
Orlando City SC vs. New York Red Bulls — 4 p.m. ET
Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids — 7 p.m. ET
It’s been a big 24 hours for the Wright-Phillips family.
Bradley Wright-Phillips signed a new Designated Player deal with the New York Red Bulls, while his nephew has been called up the England U-16 national team.
D’Margio Wright-Phillips is the son of Shawn Wright-Phillips, the former RBNY player currently plying his trade with Phoenix Rising of the USL.
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Of course that will only serve to grow the pride of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who adopted Bradley and Shaun.
BWP has signed a new multi-year deal with the Red Bulls which brings the 70-goal man into Designated Player status.
“I’d like to thank Denis, Jesse, and everyone at the club for the opportunity to continue wearing this shirt and playing in front of the best fans in MLS,” said Wright-Phillips. “I am very proud of what has been accomplished in my time here, but my sole focus is on trying to win MLS Cup.”
As for D’Margio, he’s in Manchester City’s academy and obviously taking the right steps toward making it three generations in the Premier League. Both Shaun and Bradley spent time in City’s academy.