Bradley Wright-Phillips scores on LAFC debut, climbs MLS all-time goals list

Bradley Wright-Phillips simply scores goals.

The forward reached 109 regular-season goals for his MLS career on Monday, equalizing for LAFC in the 19th minute of a Group E match against the Houston Dynamo. It was the Englishman’s first strike with his new team, after surpassing the century mark during his seven-year stint with the New York Red Bulls.

Wright-Phillips made a far-post run after Diego Rossi advanced down the left flank, and he tapped home a one-time finish. It came on BWP’s debut with the defending Supporters’ Shield champions, having signed last February after impressing during preseason.

"I was like a kid going back to school," BWP said postgame. "I haven't started a game since April 2019, April 19 or something like that, so I was happy that I got the start, also happy to get some some match fitness, I haven't played for a while. So it was good. I enjoyed it."

The goal also gave Wright-Phillips sole ownership of seventh place on the MLS all-time goals list, breaking a deadlock with Jason Kreis. The next player in BWP's sights is Ante Razov, who scored 114 goals and coincidentally is an assistant coach for LAFC.