New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips edges Clint Dempsey for MLS Player of the Week

The first Englishman to score a hat trick in MLS is now also Week 8's Player of the Week.

Bradley Wright-Phillips was voted the MLS Player of the Week on Monday after scoring four goals in two games for the New York Red Bulls, including a hat trick in a 4-0 triumph against the Houston Dynamo last Wednesday.

That impressive performance, combined with the well-taken equalizer the veteran forward scored in a 1-1 draw at the Columbus Crew this past Saturday, saw him edge out Seattle Sounders attacker Clint Dempsey, 6-5, in the balloting. (See how the NASR members voted here.)

Dempsey continued his torrid start to the season by bagging a brace in the Sounders' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. Dempsey, the league's current leading scorer, now has eight goals in six games.