You don’t need us to tell you how important Thierry Henry will be to the overall success of the New York Red Bulls this season.
But if you’ve doubted that fact, look no further then last night’s 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution; in which Henry netted the game winning goal.
There was an unlikely hero in the victory, starting keeper Greg Sutton saved a penalty in the 33rd minute, keeping the score tied at zeros. Sutton, who is only starting while Bouna Coundoul continues his national duties in the Gold Cup, was great for the Red Bulls all day.
But in the end, Henry proved his worth to any critics. The first New York goal, an own goal, was the result of Henry feeding a perfect pass into the middle that caused Revolution defender Ryan Cochrane to panic and accidentally knock the ball into his own net.
On Henry’s game winning goal, the French striker would again go toe-to-toe with Cochrane. In the 50th minute Henry would streak into the penalty box only to be defended by Cochrane. Henry then hit the breaks, slotted the ball onto his foot, and rifled a goal.
Once again, there were almost late heroics by the visiting team. Rajko Lekic scored right at the last, but was deemed offsides by the officials, preserving the 2-1 lead and the Red Bulls three points.