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14 April 9:44 pm

Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty picked up his first goal of the season Saturday night in what amounted to a 2-2 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The play came alive when midfielder Dane Richards fought his way through a 50/50 battle with San Jose midfielder Shea Salinas. From there the speedster rushed his way down the wing past midfielder Rafa Baca, over a slide-tackle attempt from defender Ramiro Corrales and placed the ball into the box for Kenny Cooper. Cooper, with his back to the goal, placed enough of a touch on the ball to feed it over to a waiting McCarty, who patiently watched the ball settle down just enough before ripping a shot on goal that beat a diving Jon Busch.

Words can only paint the picture so well. Nothing beats the real thing like - well, the real thing. Check out video of McCarty's brilliant finish here:

11 April 1:29 pm

Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara registered his first career victory in Major League Soccer against the Colorado Rapids on Mar. 25 and has since been on a roll. Not only did he do so in front of the home crowd (plus friends and family) at Red Bull Arena, but since then he's backstopped the Red Bulls to three-straight victories and currently leads the league in saves (21).

In Saturday's 4-1 win over the Columbus Crew, Meara came within just a few minutes of registering his first career MLS shutout before Crew defender Chad Marshall deposited a header into the mesh during the 89th minute. Midfielder Dax McCarty said, despite the three-goal margin in victory, the team was a bit disappointed that it couldn't secure the clean sheet.

"We're really upset that we couldn't get Ryan his first shutout," McCarty said following Tuesday's training session at Montclair State University. "I think he deserved it."

Here's what MLSsoccer.com said of Meara's jump in the Rookie Rankings:

"For the better part of 90 minutes, it looked like Meara was going to get his first MLS clean sheet as New York stuck it to the Crew in Columbus. But in the 89th minute, fellow rookie Kirk Urso whipped a corner kick into the box that Chad Marshall deposited in the back of the net. A tough test awaits this weekend against San Jose."

Meara and the Red Bulls will have their work cut out for them Saturday when the 4-1 Earthquakes come to town for a 7pm ET kick off. Watch on MSG+ or enjoy the league's top three goalscorers in person. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.

11 April 10:29 am

For the past few weeks Thierry Henry's name has been a staple on the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. Nothing much has changed in Week 5, after his two goals and one assist against the Columbus Crew earned him his third consecutive Player of the Week honor (the first time ever in MLS history) and yet another place on the League's Starting XI.

Henry's run of seven goals and three assists over the past three matches, all Red Bulls wins, already has some including him in early-season MVP talks. And why not? He's already registered half of his total goals from the 2011 campaign (14 goals in 26 games), and there are still plenty of matches left to play.

Interestingly enough Henry is joined by this weekend's opponent, San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, whose six goals has him sitting just one behind Henry, the current league leader in that category. Somehow Kansas City's Kei Kamara, who has half of Kenny Cooper's goal total, rounds out this week's front lines on the MLSsoccer.com feature. Check out the rest of the Week 5 Starting XI here.

If you haven't done so already, watch the latest video featuring Thierry Henry entitled "Pure Heart." Of course, keep an eye out for it during this Saturday's broadcast on MSG+, starting at 7pm ET.

Tickets to Saturday's match against the Earthquakes are available on Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.

10 April 3:28 pm

Another week and another win as the Red Bulls are slowly but surely working their way up power rankings across the web. A three-game win streak will certainly help any team's chances at climbing the ladder, but New York's ability to win three straight by a differential of three goals or more has undoubtedly helped the team's case as well.

MLSsoccer.com has the Red Bulls making a huge jump from eighth place to fourth place after yet another strong performance against the Columbus Crew. The play of Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry, who have combined for 13 of New York's 14 goals, is as good a reason as any to consider the Red Bulls' climb, but so too is the team's critical stance on allowing a goal despite the win:

"Thierry Henry's "celebration" after his second goal against Columbus was our favorite part of the weekend. It was a classic "drop the mic" moment from a player who isn't satisfied with a multi-goal win, but demands greatness as well."

Soccer by Ives has the Red Bulls in a two-way tie with the Houston Dynamo for 5th place.
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"The year still is young, but New York acquiring Kenny Cooper from Portland for a first-round SuperDraft pick and allocation money is turning out to be quite the move for the Red Bulls. With six goals, Cooper is tied for second in the league, only trailing teammate Thierry Henry, whose seven tallies have helped the Frenchman become the first player to win three straight MLS Player of the Week awards."

ESPN Soccernet's Jeff Carlise has the Red Bulls jumping from seventh to sixth (and unlike many, is bold enough to drop the Galaxy way down to the bottom from 10 to 15).
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"The front-line tandem of Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper remained in sizzling form, as each recorded a brace in New York's 4-1 demolition of Columbus."

Avi Creditor over at Sports Illustrated has New York moving up the table as well, citing Henry and Cooper as the best one-two tandem in the League.
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There's no hotter combo than the Thierry Henry-Kenny Cooper forward tandem in New York, with the two accounting for 12 goals in the last three games, including four against Columbus. The scoreboard was not completely indicative of how often the Red Bulls' defense got burned, though, with some errant point-blank chances, a few big Ryan Meara saves and the crossbar preventing the Crew from getting back in the game.

09 April 3:54 pm

Stephen Keel and Kenny Cooper paid a visit to the White House Monday afternoon as part of the annual Easter Egg Roll. The events marks the 134th of its kind held on the grounds of the White House, as a number of athletes and celebrities came out to take part in the festivities. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle hosted over 30,000 visitors who received tickets to the event that also included performances from Rachel Crow, Janelle Monae and more.

Also worth noting: Keel brought his trusty camera along for the trip. You know what that means - another episode of Keel Cam is right around the corner. Watch some of his past episodes here.

09 April 2:28 pm

Thierry Henry is up for yet another Goal of the Week consideration, this one coming in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Columbus Crew. Henry's blast in the 90th minute gave him second of the match and padded his league-leading, seven-goal tally.

The Red Bulls Captain secured his third-straight MLS Player of the Week Award Monday afternoon, making him the only player in MLS history to do so. Henry also took home MLS Player of the Month honors for the month of March, also a first in his career.

Spread the word and get the vote out for Henry's goal. Voting ends Thursday at 11:59pm PT

Cast your ballot today for your favorite goal of Week 5! The winner is determined by the total number of votes cast online and via text and is announced on Fridays.

Vote online or text goal code to 22442.

Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays.

For complete Goal of the Week coverage—including an archive of past winners—click here.

09 April 10:50 am

ProSoccerTalk.com's Steve Davis recently made his early-season Major League Soccer MVP pick, and the selection should not come as no surprise to anyone. With seven goals and four assists over the first five games, it would be hard to pick anyone other than Thierry Henry - and that's exactly who Davis picked as well.

The season is young, and there are still many more matches to be played, but if the early-season display suggests one thing it's that Henry is showing little signs of slowing down anytime soon. Especially when you consider that Henry tallied just one assist over the first two Red Bulls matches of the season, both losses on the road. Simple math gets you the staggering total during the three-game win streak: seven goals and three assists.

It's no wonder Davis had the following to say of Henry:

"There is no larger figure in Major League Soccer right now than Thierry Henry. He really is all that and a stack of Pringles."

With two consecutive Player of the Week awards, his first-ever Player of the Month Award and a Goal of the Week Award, all eyes will be on Henry as he continues to show his dominance in the early stages of the season.

Saturday, Henry and the Red Bulls will go to work against the San Jose Earthquakes, a team that currently holds a 4-1 record (12 points) and sits at second overall in the Western Conference. With a 2-0 record at home, New York will look to continue its goal of turning Red Bull Arena into a "fortress" this season. Great tickets for the match start as low as $20. Get yours now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.

08 April 10:14 am

New York registered its third-straight win Saturday afternoon with an impressive 4-1 win over the Columbus Crew. Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry each scored two apiece, powering their way to the top of the early-season MLS goal-scoring table.(Recap | Highlights)

The Red Bulls return to action Saturday when they host the San Jose Earthquakes at 7pm ET. The first 10,000 fans through the gate will receive Thierry Henry posters (10 random posters will be signed by Henry). After the match, make sure you hang around for the fireworks show!

Great seats start as low as $20. Get yours at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.

Check out these photos from Saturday's match:

08 April 10:09 am

MSG's JP Dellacamera and Shep Messing break down the Red Bulls' 4-1 win over the Crew:

07 April 10:05 pm

The New York Red Bulls reserves fell to the Columbus reserves by the final of 2-1 Saturday evening. Defender Tyler Ruthven scored his second goal in as many games in the final minutes of the match for New York’s lone goal.

Scoring came late in this one, as neither team failed to light the scoreboard until the 70th minute when Columbus’ Aaron Schoenfeld headed home a Nemanja Vukovic free kick to give the Crew a 1-0 lead. They’d tally a second 17 minutes later when Justin Meram buried one in the 87th minute.

As time about expired, Ruthven sent home a cross from Jose Angulo to crack the Crew’s shutout attempt and secure the Red Bulls’ only goal of the match.

MLS Reserve League: Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls
Saturday, April 7, 2012 – Crew Stadium
Scoring Summary:
CLB – Aaron Schoenfeld (Nemanja Vukovic) 70
CLB – Justin Meram (Nemanja Vukovic) 87
NY – Tyler Ruthven (Jose Angulo) 90

Misconduct:
CLB – Tony Tchani (Caution) 40
NY – Jonathan Borrajo (Caution) 48
CLB – Kevan George (Caution) 52
NY – Connor Lade (Caution) 69
NY – Victor Palsson (Ejection) 77

Lineups:
Columbus Crew – Matt Lampson, Aubrey Perry, Korey Veeder, Josh Williams, Nemanja Vukovic, Ethan Finlay (Rhodes Moore^, 46), Cole Grossman, Tony Tchani (Alex Crognale^, 81), Dilly Duka (Kevan George, 25), Justin Meram (Ben Swanson, 89’), Aaron Schoenfeld (Brett Elder^, 76).
Substitutes not used: Carter Richardson^.

^- Columbus Crew Academy Players

New York Red Bulls – Jeremy Vuolo, Connor Lade, Tyler Ruthven, Michael Mazzullo*, Jonathan Borrajo, Joel Lindpere (Corey Hertzog, 37), Ryan Maduro (Giorgi Chirgadze*, 76), Victor Palsson, Brandon Barklage, Jose Angulo, Johnny Arteaga

Substitutes Not Used: Mael Corboz*, Scott Thomsen*

*- New York Guest Players