The English striker has exploded in his second year with the New York Red Bulls, and has a shot at the coveted single-season goals record.
Wright Phillips, 29, scored the winner for the New York Red Bulls in their 2-1 win over the New England Revolution, taking him to 18 goals in 21 games this season. If he maintains his current pace, he would break the MLS single-season scoring record of 27, held jointly by Roy Lassiter and Chris Wondolowski. Lassiter scored 27 goals in 30 matches for the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1996, the league's inaugural year. Wondolowski matched that number in 32 games in 2012.
With 12 games left in the Red Bulls' season, Wright-Phillips would score another 10 goals if he maintained his current pace of 0.86 per game. Lassiter managed 0.9 in his historic campaign, while Wondolowski's record year was made with a pace of 0.84 per game.
Wright-Phillips is showing no signs of slowing down, either. In his last seven games, he has seven goals and an assist, and has failed to find the net just once, in the midweek 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake.