Tom Barlow: B+
Tom ‘Freakin’ Barlow. Quite the impression the kid has left on both levels he represented for the Red Bulls. He tore it up last year in the USL and came in this year bigger, faster, and stronger. Albeit he still splits time between the first and second team, he has 10 goals in the USL and remains only four goals behind the leader with seven games in hand. Let that speak for itself. With the first team is no different and he does not look out of place. Tons of upside for him in the future.
Mathias Jørgensen: C
The young Dane, at the tender age of 18, was the only ‘big name’ transfer the team made in the offseason. So as expected from the supporters, you’re expected to perform right away and bang in goals left and right. That was never going to be the case. With Barlow’s promotion to the first team, the starting forward spot was Jørgensen’s to lose. Though he has slowly adjusted to a new club, in a new system, in a new country, the youngster is starting to rack them up in the USL with eight goals in 12 appearances.
Brian White: A
U23, USL, and now MLS. Brian White is a goal-scoring machine at every level he’s played for in New York. He’s filled in seamlessly for BWP and could even argue he’s the starting forward. He gives a different look to the Red Bull offense with some stronger hold-up play and speed. He’s not the final solution to guide us to MLS Cup, but for starting the year with one MLS goal and five games played under his belt, he’s doing exactly what we need from him.
Bradley Wright-Phillips: C-
Is Father Time’s clock ticking louder and louder for the RBNY G.O.A.T.? Has the system caught up to him? Could 2019 be Bradley Wright-Phillips’ last attempt to get New York to the promise land? Unfortunately, with every game he plays, it looks more and more likely. He’s lost a couple of steps, he lost his starting stop – however – a goal-scorer with his caliber will never lose his touch, as he demonstrated in Atlanta a couple of weeks back.
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