MLS announced Friday that Los Angeles Football Club forward Bradley Wright-Phillips has been voted the 2020 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
Wright-Phillips, 35, is in his first year with LAFC, after a distinguished seven-season run with the New York Red Bulls. While he is the player to reach 100 goals in MLS the fastest in league history and is the 6th top scorer all-time, his run with the Red Bulls came to an end last season, with injuries and the club looking to other players meant BWP was passed by.
BWP entered the 2020 season coming off surgery and was out to start the campaign, but the coronavirus pandemic was to his benefit, as it gave him time to recover and get in shape for the season. All told, he’s scored eight goals and six assists in 18 regular-season appearances this year, including a stellar acrobatic brace against the Vancouver Whitecaps and subsequent MLS Player of the Week award.
Wright-Phillips ended the season as the second-top scorer, behind only MLS Golden Boot winner Diego Rossi, so his pickup was consequential.
We’ll have more on this award and BWP’s reaction to it soon. In the meantime, major congrats to the legend, BWP.
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