What more can you say about a fantastic and special footballer like Thierry Henry. We can all talk about him like he is one of the gods of this great sport and he can still dazzle you with plays that at times might mean little or a lot. His goals are works of art and he paints a fantastic picture on the pitch.
But as we have marveled over him with the golazo’s against the Chicago Fire and the Olimpico Goal against the Columbus Crew, Henry can still pass the ball and force opponents to forget about other on the field when they are making an attacking run.
Once again after giving up a an early goal six minutes in to Ryan Johnson and to be fair it was a fantastic rip from thirty-five yards that had no chance of being saved, the Captain of the Red Bulls went to work not just as a scorer, but as a helper.
Seven minutes later he delivered a solid cross into the area and at the right place was Markus Holgersson who headed in the equalizer and got the club on the score sheet. It was a solid flick header that got past Freddy Hall inside the far post.
Kenny Cooper also benefitted from Henry’s brilliance as he scored two on the night to break a two month slump and both chances were brilliant. Lloyd Sam found a breaking Henry and delivered a solid pass, with both Hall and Richard Eckersley concentrating on Henry they forgot all about Cooper and a simple pass and tap in to an empty net gave the club a two goals to one lead.
Sadly for Toronto keystone coppers came into play when Eckersley took out Freddy Hall that allowed Cooper to have the empty net chance. Thankfully Hall was able to stay in the match and finish the full ninety minutes. But as the match kept going and the score line stayed as is, there was a fear of Toronto to pull one back.
That fear was averted when Henry attracted a crowd in the eighty-eighth minute. As soon as substitute Jan Gunnar Solli finds Henry, three to four defenders come at him and he quickly finds Cooper all alone again for the second of the night and third in the match for the Red Bulls.
But just when you think it’s truly over, we get to second half stoppage time when Henry decides to create another fantastic goal. This time it was Cooper paying back Henry into space and as soon as he got to the ball, Henry catches Hall napping and blasts one into the net from distance.
Another MLS player of the week award surely is coming to the Frenchman, but what can you say about this man who has done everything and continues to deliver greatness at every turn? Just continue to soak it in and see him dazzle every single match at home or on the road.
Even though it was an MLS debut for Luis Robles who looked solid and the insertion of former Leeds man Lloyd Sam attacking down the right side of the midfield, Thierry Henry has stolen the headlines once again and maybe this club can make a strong run in the MLS Cup Playoffs.