For the first two New York Red Bulls’ games, Thierry Henry contributed very little to his team’s success or lack thereof. He contributed more in the second game than the first by shooting the ball wide. He then was out with an MCL injury and many were wondering if he would play against the Philadelphia Union.
He wasn’t back to full strength and was used as a second-half substitute, but he found the game-winner en route. Also the Red Bulls won their first game of the season. Henry was left unmarked on a cross into the box and sent the ball into the right side of the net.
Henry has been cold this season up until this point. I think from this point Henry will be his normal self and not what we saw in the first two matches. His first goal is only going to be the start of his goals. Sure Henry isn’t back to 100 percent, but he still was aggressive and the injury didn’t seem to hamper his play against Philadelphia.
With the Red Bulls’ acquisition of Andre Akpan, I thought Henry’s injury was more serious than was being advertised to the media and the general public, however, my assumption was proved wrong with Henry playing for most of the second half.
Barring any setbacks, look for Henry to be back in New York’s starting XI next week against the Chicago Fire. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Henry scores or comes close to scoring next week as well. The Red Bulls do well when Henry scores. I will leave you with this stat: the Red Bulls are undefeated when Henry scores.
Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for RantSports.com. He also writes about College Basketball, MLB, NASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google.