With apologies to Diego Valeri’s continued hot displays for Portland and Steve Clark’s six-save show in the Crew’s 1-0 win over New England, there was only going to be one winner of PST‘s MLS player of the week award this time around.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, you may now step forward to collect your prize of Internet-based high-fives.
BWP recorded his third hat trick of the season in the Red Bulls 4-1 dismantling of Seattle, and honestly should’ve had an assist moments before he recorded the match-opening goal. The game was less than a half-minute old when Wright-Phillips laid a ball off for Ambroise Oyongo, but the Cameroonian was stopped only for BWP to hammer home the rebound.
[ MLS Snapshot: Red Bulls 4, Seattle 1 ]
A penalty kick was Wright-Phillips second goal, as Stefan Frei guessed correctly but couldn’t stop the shot.
The third was just as unstoppable, and showed just how comfortable BWP is right now. His 24th goal of the season, three shy of the MLS record shared by Chris Wondolowski and Roy Lassiter, was calmly lasered under the crossbar moments after the PK conversion.