By Eric Walcott (@ericwsoccer)
Welcome to Setting the Table, where each week we take some time to focus on the best chance creators in MLS from the last weekend. If you want to see the best chances that were wasted check out Lowered Expectations. Here we focus on chances that ended with the ball in the back of the net.
#5 Bradley Wright-Phillips to Daniel Royer, NYRB, 5th minute, 0.387 xG
Passes in sequence: 1
Bradley Wright-Phillips kicks off a strange week of Setting the Table with this cross off a throw-in that’s perfectly placed for Daniel Royer to poke past Tim Howard. I don’t know if BWP saw Royer making the run before turning to receive the throw, or just whipped a cross into a dangerous spot and got lucky on the timing, but it is a perfect ball.
BWP, by the way, is off to an amazing start to the year, and his transition from pure goal scorer to all around difference maker is a big reason NYRB are off to such a great start despite trading Sacha Kljestan and Felipe in the offseason.
Here are his numbers from the last four seasons, per 96 minutes: