As Arsenal fans would expect, Thierry Henry was at the center of everything. He played provider for Wright-Phillips’ first two goals in the 12th and 24th minutes. He then went on to score one himself in the 65th minute.
His final contribution was a display of true class and leadership. When Henry was fouled in the box with less than five minutes remaining in the match he took the ball and looked for Wright-Phillips. Instead of taking the spot kick himself, the captain handed the ball to his strike partner in order to give him a chance to complete his first MLS hat trick. Wright-Phillips easily converted the penalty and became the first English player to record a hat trick in Major League Soccer.
The son of Arsenal great Ian Wright, Wright-Phillips joined the Red Bulls last summer after being loaned out to Brentford by Charlton Athletic. He also had stints with Plymouth Argyle, Southampton and Manchester City where he once played with his half brother Shaun Wright-Phillips. That was before the club was taken over by Sheikh Mansour.
The win was the Red Bulls’ second straight victory after a rocky start to the new season. Their record now stands at 2-4-2 and they are just one point behind conference leaders Kansas City and Columbus with ten total.
All in all the Arsenal connection ended the night with some impressive stats. Henry recorded his third goal of the young season and added two assists. Meanwhile, Wright-Phillips secured the hat trick and upped his season goal tally to four.