Bradley Wright-Phillips has had to deal with various struggles during his career such as disciplinary issues and serious injuries. The New York Red Bulls striker has put that behind him with his 20th MLS goal of the season against the Montreal Impact.
No other Red Bulls player has scored as many as Wright-Phillips in one season, a record the Englishman broke on Saturday. He's now leading the Golden Boot race by four goals.
While in England, Wright-Phillips had some problems off the pitch. Both he and former Southampton teammate Nathan Dyer were charged with burglary in 2008. Dyer was sentenced, while his accomplice was acquitted. A year later, Wright-Phillips was accused of assaulting a Saints supporter.
Wright-Phillips' problems extended to the pitch. He started just once in the Premier League with his previous club, Manchester City. In three seasons with Southampton in the Championship, he scored 23 goals in 112 league appearances.
Wright-Phillips didn't fare much better at Plymouth Argyle after being released by the Saints. He struggled with injury, but when he did play he was a lethal forward.
In 2010/11, Wright-Phillips had 13 goals in 17 games in League One but was sold to Charlton a few weeks later. It looked like the Man City youth product wasn't going to soar to new heights.
All that changed ...
Everywhere you turned in Major League Soccer this week, a star was putting on a memorable performance.
From Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips in New York to Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan in LA, and everywhere in between, there was no shortage of star power in Week 24.
Thanks to the output from the league's best, the competition for the top spot in the MLS Player Power Rankings was the tightest in weeks.
Continue reading on to see who ranks atop the list of the best 20 players in MLS. Begin Slideshow
Clint Dempsey's scintillating form continued on Major League Soccer's biggest stage on Sunday: The Great Northwest Derby.
The Seattle Sounders superstar clinically squeezed a shot past Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to give the Sounders a 2-0 lead over their fierce rival.
The goal was set up by a lung-busting run on the counterattack from Obafemi Martins.
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It was another wild week of action in Major League Soccer with a series of surprising results, including FC Dallas’ win over Real Salt Lake, D.C. United’s thrashing of Sporting KC and the Seattle Sounders taking it to the Timbers in Portland.
There was plenty of action off the field as well with the Jermaine Jones signing topping the news, as well as some key injuries for the Colorado Rapids.
Check out all that and more in this week’s MLS wrap.Begin Slideshow
In an electric and surprising set of games this weekend, Major League Soccer did not disappoint the fans of the league—unless you're a fan of Chicago and wanted Jermaine Jones.
Other than that one major off-the-field story, which opened the league up to a load of criticism, MLS enjoyed a great week with almost every big star showing up in their respective games.
Since only three games were decided by one goal or less, there were plenty of winners and losers from Week 24.
Continue reading on for the complete list of winners and losers from Week 24, unless you're a Fire supporter—the first slide might cause you to go berserk for the 1,000th time since the Jones decision was announced. Begin Slideshow
If you turned away from a Major League Soccer game for just one second this weekend, you may have missed something.
The latest round of MLS action saw all the big stars shine on a weekend when spectacular goals were a regular occurrence.
Because of all the terrific attacking performances, our MLS Team of the Week is lined up in a 3-4-3 formation.
Continue reading to see which players found their way into the best XI from the weekend's action. Begin Slideshow
The MLS is set to welcome yet another Team USA standout. Thanks to a blind draw conducted by the league, the New England Revolution have signed midfielder Jermaine Jones.
The team's official Twitter feed confirmed the news:
Jones, who previously played for Bundesliga side Schalke 04 before a short-lived stint with Besiktas in Turkey, discussed the move, via press release on the Revolution's website:
I’m very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution. New England is an exciting team on the rise, and I believe I can come in and help the team make a push toward MLS Cup. Playing with the U.S. National Team has given me a great connection with the American fans and I’m looking forward to playing in front of them every weekend. I’m ready to get started with the Revs.
ESPN's Jeff Carlisle added some intriguing details about the transfer:
The Revs and Chicago Fire both had the available funds and an open designated player spot for Jones, which led to a blind draw between the two clubs. It seems like a highly questionable process to decide the 32-year-old's future, but New England will take it.
Jones was born in Germany and represented Die Mannschaft at both the under-21 and national-team levels, ...
As the playoff push rolls on, there are bound to be a few surprising results across Major League Soccer.
While surprising results are nothing new to the league, there are a few shocking predictions that some may not be willing to make about the upcoming matches this weekend.
That is exactly what this article is for, as we make six bold predictions about what will occur over the next three days in nine games across MLS. Begin Slideshow
Landon Donovan scored the winning goal in a seven-goal thriller, as LA Galaxy overcame the Colorado Rapids 4-3 in the MLS.Donovan, making a pass in his own half, can then be seen making a stunning run to find position and space before he is played in again to score in style. You can see him at the start of the clip right at the bottom of the screen.We've pulled the clip a little further back than the official MLS video to show the entirety of Donovan's movement. You can watch the YouTube video here: [MLS, h/t Reddit]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
Entering the 24th week of play in Major League Soccer, there are quite a few storylines that are worth following.
From the red-hot Fabian Castillo to the always-entertaining Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle and Portland, fans should not be disappointed with the action this weekend.
In the nine games from Friday to Sunday, there are key battles that will take place everywhere on the pitch, but we decided to spotlight 10, a few of which come from the big game between Seattle and Portland.
Continue reading on for a look at the 10 key battles in MLS this weekend. Begin Slideshow