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Henry's Real Test Begins Saturday Night

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HARRISON NJ - JULY 15:  Thierry Henry speaks to the media during a press conference on July 15 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
HARRISON NJ - JULY 15: Thierry Henry speaks to the media during a press conference on July 15 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
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If you had the chance to witness Thierry Henry on July 22 against Tottenham Hotspur, you got the chance to experience many of the reasons that his signing with the New York Red Bulls was such an exciting development for Major League Soccer.

His follow-up Sunday against Manchester City made his moments of inspiration on Thursday seem more adrenaline-fueled, which is only natural-he had been training with the club for two weeks at the time.

In other words, Henry's appearance Saturday night at 8:30 against the Houston Dynamo will be far more exciting, while telling much more about the Red Bulls and their success ahead.

Let's start with some basics. Henry is scheduled to play the full 90, rather than the 45 minutes he logged in two exhibition games. He'll also be backed by another week of training, and the competitive juices that come with his first clash that has meaning.

He'll also be joined in the front, it appears, by Juan Pablo Angel. Remember him? The team's leading scorer, and among the goal leaders in MLS? He is said to be over his ankle injury.

As a result, we can begin to see how defenses handle-or, the Red Bulls hope, don't handle-what is the finest strike force in MLS history, on paper.

Will they be on the field as well? Saturday night, we start to find out.