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Henry Off To Hot Start For Red Bulls

D.C. United vs New York Red BullsThierry Henry is the second megastar to join the ranks of the MLS. And unlike his English predecessor, the Frenchman started off his American league career with a BANG!

Henry scored in his only half of action yesterday and the former Barca man did so against a familiar rival just to make his first American goal that much more special. The New York Red Bulls were matched up against EPL top four side Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly match last night and of course Henry knows the side all to well from his massive success with the Arsenal Gunners where the Frenchman scored over 200 goals in less then a decades worth of work.

And Henry scored late in the first half via the well placed toe poke from a perfect grounded cross and, as the announcer pointed out, the play featured Henry’s greatest two strengths in his current aging game. The Frenchman was in the perfect position and he placed the perfect finish on the shot.

And right now in the twilight stages of the forward’s career that is what he will need to do in order to be successful in his new league. Henry’s days as a burner are long past him and he certainly is no longer able to hang with guys like Anelka. But the man understands the game of soccer and is fundamentally sound in every aspect of the sport. He isn’t your typical finishing striker anymore, but he’s still an excellent option as a secondary striker or key finisher in an inferior league.

Henry’s debut goal means very little in the long term for the Red Bulls, but hopefully the nice play is a glimpse into a successful MLS career before he hangs up the boots. At least let’s hope it is the first of many more to come.

Creative Commons License photo credit: James Trosh