Football success is in Bradley “BWP” Wright-Phillips’ genes: His father Ian Wright was one of the greatest strikers in Arsenal history and his older brother Shaun won multiple titles with Chelsea and Manchester City. But while BWP may not have found his family’s level of success in England, he has quickly become a legend in Major League Soccer.
New York Red Bulls, who signed BWP in 2013, needed to beat Chicago Fire in Chicago in order to claim the prestigious MLS Supporters’ Shield. The Red Bulls had not won in Chicago in over a decade, but needed to get it in order to win the trophy – a draw would not be good enough.
So when the New Jersey-based MLS club needed a goal, they passed the ball to the one man who has been more reliable than any striker in recent memory.
That sneaky goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead that would snowball into a 2-0 lead that Chicago could not overcome en route to their first victory against the Fire and brought the MLS Supporters’ Shield back to New Jersey.
The goal also marked BWP’s 17th goal of the season – the second straight year in which he led the club in scoring.
BWP’s success may not translate the same way to his native England, but he has quickly become a celebrity in the United States – and his stock is only going to rise while he performs at this level.