Wright-Phillips secured the award Sunday scoring the first goal in New York’s 2-0 win over Philadelphia Union. He finished the season with 24 goals, three shy of his 27 goals scored in the 2014 season when he also won the Golden Boot. In 107 league appearances with Red Bulls, Wright-Phillips has 69 goals.
His goal on Sunday also allowed him to finish one goal ahead of New York City FC’s David Villa, who finished the season with 23 goals.
“He was quick to thank the group in the locker room after because he knows that it takes a group effort,” said Jesse Marsch, Red Bulls head coach. “Certainly Bradley has been huge for us this year and comes up with big goals at all moments. He is in a really good way right now and I think our whole group is in a really good way right now.”
Wright-Phillips was humble after the Union match, noting that he has his eyes on a bigger prize. “Like I was telling the team before, it isn’t everything because I’ve won it before and the team didn’t win the MLS Cup,” he said. “At the end of it all I had was the Golden Boot but the goals didn’t for anything unless you win the MLS Cup.”
The Red Bulls finished the season as the top seed in the Eastern Conference and await their opponent for the Eastern Conference finals, with Leg 1 scheduled for October 30.