BWP's 100th league goal stands in DC, 1:0
July 25, 2018
Before we start with the accolades, let's remember: the goal tonight was Bradley Wright-Phillips' 118th for Metro in all competitions. That being said... we all like round numbers, right?
Late in last week's game versus Columbus, Metro had a potential penalty wiped out by VAR. BWP was clear after the game: he was happy. He didn't want his 100th league goal coming from the spot. Well, how about it being the only goal in a 1:0 road win in DC? A tad better, right?
The game was delayed an hour and a half due to lightning. When Metro emerged, it was with two changes, as Daniel Royer and Marc Rzatkowski gave way to Derrick Etienne and Alex Muyl. Before the game could settle, Wright-Phillips hit his milestone. Barely two minutes in, he ran onto a deep ball from Alejandro Romero Gamarra on the left side of the box, cut it back, and took a shot that looked to be saved by David Ousted... only to go through the DC goalkeeper and into the net. BWP celebrating by taking off his 99 red jersey to reveal a white one, with 100 as the number.
Soon after, Metro almost doubled the lead off a corner, as Ousted's punch landed right at Tim Parker. Sadly, the defender's attempt went straight at the keeper. Later in the half, Etienne had a chance on a breakaway, but shot wide. The Scum did manage to put the ball in the net on what was their only real chance of the first half. However, after the fastest VAR in league history, it was correctly called offside.
The second half was pestered by the TV signal going out on multiple occasions. In between the outages, Metro was lucky to avoid a penalty call on a potential Kemar Lawrence handball, and a big Robles save off a corner kick kept Metro lead. BWP was once again put through by Romero Gamarra, but this time his shot was saved.
Late in the game, DC was successful in getting behind the Metro defense. On one occasion, a fantastic track back from Tim Parker ended with a saving tackle. On others, the ineptitude of John Rooney's brother Wayne stopped the Scum from scoring. Tonight, only one Englishman was going to have the honors... and it wasn't gonna be some balding beardo.
It was the best striker in MLS history.
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Parker, Murillo, Adams, Davis, Muyl, Etienne, Romero Gamarra, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Royer, Rzatkowski, Kutler.