Henry’s Brace Downs Difficult Montreal

In a clash of East leaders, Red Bulls rely on prolific Thierry Henry in win
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Friday, May 10, 2013

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The Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls have started the season differently, but they came together in a mid-week game this Wednesday at Red Bull Arena. And the most popular Frenchman’s team brought down the French Canadian side, 2-1.

Things got off a bit slow to start the match, but play was building and chances were starting to form. This was going to be a big boxing match as both sides were trading blows, but inside first half stoppage time is when Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls struck first.

Henry led Eric Alexander with a fantastic ball on the far side and he controlled it in the Montreal area. After a cut to the inside he ripped a hard shot that nailed the bottom of the crossbar and a Fabian Espindola got to the rebound, found Henry and he powered it low and into the back of the net.

Just as you think we have seen enough world class strikes by the super Frenchman, he continues to dazzle you with more from his bag of tricks.

As the match clock got to the 88th minute, the Red Bulls earned a corner. Juninho at the near side delivered the ball right to Markus Holgersson, who headed the ball towards the far post and as Henry camped out, it was a bicycle kick that beat Troy Perkins and put the Red Bulls ahead 2-0.

“Well I tried it so many times since I’ve been in the league and it was always like inches away,” said Henry. “And tonight it went in. At the end of the day it’s not about the goal, it’s about how important the goal was because at the end of the day we would have drawn that game if the ball didn’t go in the back of the net.”

The Impact pulled one back inside second half stoppage time. Marco Di Vaio, who came into this match as a substitute, found a way to take advantage of a blunder by Robles, who had a poor distribution and converted.

But the next attempt by Di Vaio nailed the post, and thankfully for the Red Bulls the offside flag went up. After the final whistle was blown, the Red Bulls earned themselves a 4-match winning streak.

“I’m never satisfied to be honest, but I have to say there was some very good moments,” said manager Mike Petke. “We loosened up in the second half, when we possessed the ball and had a purpose going forward, we had options and we were able to show how dangerous we can be. When we had to defend we did so brilliantly.”

On a 4-game winning streak and with a lead in the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls now travel for a Saturday Night tilt against the New England Revolution, where New York hasn’t won in more than 10 consecutive seasons. Could the jinx be broken? With the form New York’s been on, I wouldn’t doubt it.

NEXT UP: May 11 – New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, Foxobro, Mass. 7:30 p.m. EST, MLS Live.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
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Ramapo College
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Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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