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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips wins 2016 MLS Golden Boot

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips wins 2016 MLS Golden Boot
 
Wright-Phillips wins second Golden Boot in three years with 24 regular season goals
 
NEW YORK, NY (Sunday, October 23, 2016) – New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips claimed the 2016 MLS Golden Boot tonight with a league-best 24 regular season goals, becoming the third player in league history to win two Golden Boots along with Chris Wondolowski (2010, 2012) and Jeff Cunningham (2006, 2009). Wright-Phillips won his first Golden Boot in 2014 when he tied the MLS single-season scoring record with 27 goals.
 
It was another landmark year for Wright-Phillips as the prolific striker became the Red Bulls’ all-time leading goal scorer with 69 regular season tallies, overtaking NYRB legend Juan Pablo Angel for the top spot. The Englishman also set the MLS record for most goals scored over three consecutive seasons (68 goals, 2014-2016) and is the only player in MLS history to record multiple seasons with 20 or more goals.
 
Wright-Phillips’ record-breaking year was helped along by league assist leader and U.S. Men’s National Team player Sacha Kljestan, who finished the regular season with 19 helpers, eight of which were on goals scored by Wright-Phillips. All 24 of Wright-Phillips’ goals came from inside the box while none were penalty kick goals, making him the first player to win the Golden Boot award without scoring from the PK spot since Luciano Emílio accomplished the feat with D.C. United in 2007.
 
Since joining the Red Bulls in 2013, Wright-Phillips has helped the club qualify for the postseason every year, while also claiming two Supporters’ Shield titles in 2013 and 2015. This season, the Red Bulls compiled a 10-0-6 record when Wright-Phillips scored a goal and is 33-4-12 all-time in the regular season when he finds the back of the net.
 
Major League Soccer Golden Boot/Scoring Champion winners
 
Season             Player                                      Team                                        Goals/Points (G/A)
2016                 Bradley Wright-Phillips            New York Red Bulls                 24 goals
2015                 Sebastian Giovinco                  Toronto FC                               22 goals
2014                 Bradley Wright-Phillips            New York Red Bulls                 27 goals 
2013                 Camilo Sanvezzo                     Vancouver Whitecaps FC         22 goals 
2012                 Chris Wondolowski                  San Jose Earthquakes 27 goals 
2011                 Dwayne De Rosario                  D.C. United                               16 goals 
2010                 Chris Wondolowski                  San Jose Earthquakes 18 goals 
2009                 Jeff Cunningham                      FC Dallas                                 17 goals 
2008                 Landon Donovan                      Los Angeles Galaxy                 20 goals 
2007                 Luciano Emilio                        D.C. United                               20 goals 
2006                 Jeff Cunningham                      Real Salt Lake                          16 goals 
2005                 Taylor Twellman                      New England Revolution          17 goals 
2004                 Amado Guevara                       MetroStars                               30 (10g, 10a) 
Pat Noonan                               New England Revolution            30 (11g, 8a)
(TOP 3: Amado Guevara, MetroStars (10g, 10a = 30 pts); Pat Noonan, New England Revolution (11g, 8a = 30 pts.); Brian Ching, San Jose Earthquakes (12g, 4a = 28 pts) 
 
2003                 Preki                                        Kansas City Wizards                41 (12g, 17a)
(TOP 3: Preki, Kansas City Wizards (12g, 17a = 41 pts); Carlos Ruiz, L.A. Galaxy (15g, 5a = 35 pts); Ante Razov, Chicago Fire (14g, 6a = 34 pts); Taylor Twellman, N.E. Revolution (15g, 4a = 34 pts) 
 
2002                 Taylor Twellman                      New England Revolution          52 (23g, 6a)
(TOP 3: Taylor Twellman, New England Revolution (23g, 6a = 52 pts); Carlos Ruiz, Los Angeles Galaxy (24g, 1a = 49 pts); Jeff Cunningham, Columbus Crew (16g, 5a = 37 pts) 
 
2001                 Alex Pineda Chacon                 Miami Fusion                           47 (19g, 4a)
(TOP 3:  Alex Pineda Chacon, Miami Fusion (19g, 4a = 47 pts); Diego Serna, Miami Fusion, (15g, 15a = 45 pts); John Spencer, Colorado Rapids, (14g, 7a = 35 pts) 
 
2000                 Mamadou Diallo                       Tampa Bay Mutiny                   56 (26g, 4a)
(TOP 3: Mamadou Diallo, Tampa Bay Mutiny (26g, 4a = 56 pts); Clint Mathis, Los Angeles/MetroStars, (16g, 14a = 46 pts); Ante Razov, Chicago Fire (18g, 6a = 42 pts); Diego Serna, Miami Fusion, (16g, 10a = 42 pts) 
 
1999                 Jason Kreis                              Dallas Burn                              51 (18g, 15a)
(TOP 3: Jason Kreis, Dallas Burn (18g, 15a = 51 pts); Roy Lassiter, D.C. United, (18g, 11a = 47 pts); Ronald Cerritos, San Jose Clash (15g, 9a = 39 pts) 
 
1998                 Stern John                               Columbus Crew                       57 (26g, 5a)
(TOP 3: Stern John, Columbus Crew (26g, 5a = 57 pts); Cobi Jones, Los Angeles Galaxy (19g, 13a = 51 pts); Welton, Los Angeles Galaxy (17g, 11a = 45 pts) 
 
1997                 Preki                                        Kansas City Wizards                41 (12g, 17a)
(TOP 3: Preki, Kansas City Wizards (12g, 17a = 41 pts); Jaime Moreno, D.C. United, (16g, 8a = 40 pts); Raul Diaz Arce, D.C. United (15g, 6a = 36 pts) 
 
1996                 Roy Lassiter                             Tampa Bay Mutiny                   58 (27g, 4a)
(TOP 3: Roy Lassiter, Tampa Bay Mutiny (27g, 4a = 58 pts); Preki, Kansas City Wiz (18g, 13a = 49 pts); Eduardo Hurtado, Los Angeles Galaxy, (21g, 7a = 49 pts) 
 
* up to the 2004 season, the Scoring Champion was determined by total points, with a goal counting two points and assists counting as one. Beginning in 2005, the title was renamed the Golden Boot, and awarded to the leading goalscorer in the season. In case of a tie, the winner will be decided by the player with the most assists; if still tied, the winner will be the player with fewer minutes played.