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Red Bulls' Wright-Phillips scores 4 goals to earn Player of the Week award

Bradley Wright-Phillips (99).
Bradley Wright-Phillips (99).Mike Stobe/Getty Images

New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips’ hat trick against the Houston Dynamo landed him the Major League Soccer Player of the Week honour yesterday for Week 8 of the 2014 MLS season.

Wright-Phillips stellar performance came Wednesday in the Red Bulls’ 4-0 win at home. He also added another tally in a 1-1 draw against Columbus at Crew Stadium to round out the week.

Wright-Phillips opened the scoring against the Dynamo with a right- footed shot from the centre of the box in the 12th minute. Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty played a one-touch to defender Kosuke Kimura on the right flank, Kimura found forward Thierry Henry with plenty of space on the right side of the box who played a perfectly placed cross to Wright-Phillips for the finish.

The forward’s second goal came 12 minutes later from the same spot. Henry created some space in the midfield and dispatched defender Roy Miller on a long run down the left wing. Miller did well to keep the ball in bounds and served up Wright-Phillips to make it a 2-0 lead, this time with a left-foot strike.

Wright-Phillips got the chance to complete the hat trick when Henry drew a foul in the penalty area in the 85th minute. Wright-Phillips stepped up to the spot and powered in a shot to the left side with his right foot to make it 4-0.

Against Columbus on Saturday, Wright-Phillips drew the game level at 1-1 with a fantastic finish in the 66th minute. He took a brilliant one-touch off the cross from Lloyd Sam and finished with a right-footed volley to the bottom right corner.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). http://www.soccerreporters.com/.

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