Bradley Wright-Phillips feels disappointed despite hat-trick heroics

Despite becoming the second player in MLS history to level the scoreline three times in a single match – exactly a year to the day since Josef Martínez became the first with his hat-trick against Orlando City – Bradley Wright-Phillips was disappointed with how yesterday’s draw with D.C. United at Audi Field panned out:

“I feel a little disappointed. I don’t feel like we really looked like ourselves defensively. It’s obviously always good to score, but we were always coming back, it was always a goal to come back into the game. We were fighting too hard to get these wins the last two games, and I don’t really like the feeling of that.”

After two games without a win against play-off pushing Montreal Impact and D.C. United, New York Red Bulls are now one point behind Supporter’s Shield leaders Atlanta United, having played a game more. Wright-Phillips believes that it is difficult to match their natural desire, even though they are so close to the prize:

“What they’re fighting for and what we’re fighting for, we’re not as desperate. It’s tough to play these teams, especially when you go to their home grounds. It’s really tough. But if you want to be the team at the top of the league, and say you’re the best team, this is what you’ve got to do. And you’ve got to live up to that.”

After the club’s record goalscorer secured his 17th, 18th and 19th goals of the MLS season, closing the gap on Atlanta United’s Josef Martínez to ten goals in the “race” for the golden boot, he explained why the celebrations were muted for the second and third equaliser:

“I remember in that game just feeling very frustrated. Apart from the first [goal], we didn’t celebrate, because we know it. The game shouldn’t have looked like that. Today, unfortunately, it did.”

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