What’s Next for BWP?
by Luis Eduardo Flores
Ever since Bradley-Wright Phillips joined the New York Red Bulls in 2013, he has been on fire.
Now that he is the top scorer for the Red Bulls; what is next for the Englishman? Well; yes, he is still missing two championships to solidify himself as an elite player for MLS. On two occasions he was so close. BWP and co. made it to the Eastern Conference finals in the last two seasons; both of which the Red Bulls lost. After that, there is also the MLS Cup; but he won’t even see it from a distance until the Red Bulls win the Eastern Conference finals at some point.
Other than championships, what can BWP accomplish in MLS? At the age of 31; it’s not going to be easy, but his next target (other than a championship) should be breaking into the ‘Top 10 Goal Scorers’. The legendary Landon Donovan sits at the top with 144 goals (2001- 2014). In order for BWP be in the list of ‘Top 10 Goal Scorers’ is by netting 47 more goals to tie with Roy Lassiter (1996-2002) and Carlos Ruiz (2002-08, 2011, 2013) at 88 goals. In order to reach 88 goals, BWP will have to score AT LEAST two goals per game; between now and around this time next season. Sure; BWP is a great goal scorer yet that won’t guarantee goals ever single game. Forgot about reaching Donovan’s record; the first step to make it onto the list. The Red Bulls have nine games left in this season; only the Vancouver Whitecaps (8th place in the Western Conference) are easiest team to beat.
It took Donovan nine years to tally 144 goals. As mentioned; BWP is 31, Donovan was 32 when retired. This is not a confirmation that BWP will retire at that age; rather time is not BWP’s side. BWP does not have another six years to score over 80 goals. This is why fans should not hold their breath and wait for BWP to break Donovan’s record.
BWP can also take a shot at another Golden Boot. Back in the 2014 season, BWP won the MLS Golden Boot by scoring 27 goals during the season. To do it again, he needs to step up his game out score David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco; both tied in first place with 15 goals each. The Red Bulls’ remaining opponents for this season are not going to be busy; so BWP will have to step up his game to only catch up to Villa and Giovinco; but to also pass them by a large margin. BWP can be one of MLS’ ‘Greatest of all Time’ and we know it; we just want the stats to show it as well.