The first installment of #RivalryWeek in 2016 provided us with a plethora of exciting results. Union capitalized in stoppage time to claim the first win in 2016 against D.C. United, the Timbers pounded on Vancouver’s inconsistent defensive line to take Cascadia Cup points, and the California Clasico remains level after last evening’s battle.
The game on everyone’s lips, however, is the thrashing the Red Bulls executed on their cross-town rivals, NYCFC, extending their win streak to four games in the New York metro area. To rub more salt in a fairly embarrassing wound, the Red Bulls struck as if red was the only color visible in the entire city during the match. Seven goals netted…SEVEN! Naturally, such a dominant performance would provide an easy solution to our POTW debate.
Total MLS Player of the week for week 11 is Bradley Wright-Phillips.
BWP ended Saturday’s match with two goals (one of which is slated to be a GOTW nominee) and a later assist that could have been taken on goal himself, but his unselfish play allowed Alex Muyl to pick up his very first goal of his MLS career. Additionally, Wright-Phillips finished the day with 10 of 12 passes completed, including the assist. However, this performance does not tell the entire story as to why BWP deserves our nod.
NYRB also faced the Chicago Fire earlier in the week, in which BWP opened up the Fire backline and delivered a beautiful back heel pass to Lloyd Sam, who found Mike Grella in open space to score the only goal of the game.
Two goals and two assists over the course of two games plus a pair of immaculate plays gives Bradley Wright-Phillips the POTW award uncontested.
Our honorable mention goes to the rest of the New York Red Bulls for posting two shutouts in four days, scoring eight goals, and walking away with six points. Not including BWP, eight different Red Bulls were able to notch at least one goal or assist to their personal stats this week. That is teamwork.