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Bradley Wright-Phillips disgracefully left off MLS MVP shortlist

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Bradley Wright-Phillips had a historically successful MLS season that will see him live on in the record books for decades to come.

The New York Red Bulls striker equalled the Major League Soccer record for goals in a single season, banging in 27 of them in just 32 games, without which there is no way in hell they would be in Eastern Conference finals against the New England Revolution this coming weekend.

Snubbed

And the 29-year old striker has seen no reward for that, after he was shamefully left off the league's Most Valuable Player shortlist earlier today.

Hypocrisy

To put this all into perspective - and to just point out how wrong Wright-Phillips' snub is - you just have to look at Chris Wondolowski's 2012 season.

The San Jose Earthquakes forward also equalled single season record that year, in exactly the same amount of games as BWP, and he ended up winning the MVP Award, never mind just being nominated.

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That is how outrageous it is that Wright-Phillips doesn't even get a nomination. It is pure hypocrisy and typical of an league that loves to hide their actions and lacks any transparency whatsoever in what they do.

The players who were actually nominated for the award are Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Lee Nguyen (NE Revolution), and Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders).

I have absolutely no problem with Keane and Nguyen being in the mix for the MVP. Keane's combined goals and assists record this season has been superb while Nguyen showed himself as one of the top midfielders and creative players in the league. 

Complete Bias

But if you try and tell me that Martins was better than BWP, then I will argue to the point of exhaustion for the Englishman's cause. The former Charlton Athletic striker has dwarfed Martins this year.

And therein lies the problem. This was Wright-Phillips first year in MLS after moving from Charlton and a spell with Brentford where he was playing in League 1, the third tier of English football.

That's what the MLS can't stand. That a player from the third tier - who scored just 5 times in 15 games in that league - can come into Major League Soccer and equal records in his first season. And quite frankly they should be ashamed!

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