Bradley Wright-Phillips replaces Thierry Henry as designated player with Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls have rewarded Bradley Wright-Phillips for his remarkable 2014 season by signing him to a designated player contract for next season.

The club wasted no time in replacing Thierry Henry as a DP as Wright-Phillips joins Tim Cahill on the list after netting 31 goals this year.

The Englishman enjoyed his first full season in MLS as he tied the all-time single-season scoring record in Major League Soccer with 27 goals.

Bradley Wright-Phillips 2014 regular season goal reel (via New York Red Bulls on YouTube):

“Following his outstanding performances in 2014, which produced 31 goals in all competitions, the club has decided to make Bradley Wright-Phillips a MLS Designated Player,” New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said.

“Bradley is not only a prolific goal scorer, he is an excellent professional and a great team player who will be a big asset to the club in the coming seasons.”

New York will still be looking to bring in another designated player to fill the void left by Thierry Henry’s departure and Bradley’s brother Shaun Wright-Phillips is certainly a possible target.

The Red Bulls forward became the first player in the club’s history to score more than 20 goals in a single season and he will look to start the next campaign as he ended this one.

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He scored four in four during the playoffs as New York reached the Eastern Conference final before being eliminated by the New England Revolution.

The announcement to make him a designated player comes at a good time for the Red Bulls as interest from across Europe was beginning to mount with the January transfer window just around the corner.

Wright-Phillips will now be hoping to build on what was a memorable campaign, but he will need to do so without Thierry Henry as the pressure on BWP will only increase going forwards.

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