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31 March 7:46 pm

Thierry Henry recorded his first ever MLS hat trick in New York's 5-2 win over the Montreal Impact Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. Kenny Cooper also registered his fourth of the season after burying a penalty kick to tie it up at two apiece heading into the half while Mehdi Ballouchy, fresh off the bench in the 69th minute, earned his first of the season courtesy of an Henry flick in the 72nd minute.

Watch the following video for full highlights from Saturday's win over the Impact.

More: Recap | Watch: Henry's Hat Trick

30 March 12:20 pm

Thierry Henry's two-goal, one-assist performance in the Red Bulls' home opener landed him Player of the Week honors Monday afternoon, and now, thanks to your votes, his second of the two tallies has earned Goal of the Week praise as well. announced today the results of the Goal of the Week candidates, with Henry taking home 35% of the votes for his right-footed finish off a Wilman Conde free kick. Here's how the polls played out:

Thierry Henry (NYRB) 35%
Dominic Oduro (CHI) 27%
Ricardo Villar (DAL) 16%
Olman Vargas (CLB) 15%
Saer Sene (NE) 8%

Henry's goal put the Red Bulls up 3-0 in the 53rd minute of Sunday's match against Colorado, one that ended with New York earning its first win of the season by the final of 4-1.

Here's a replay of Henry's finish:

30 March 11:47 am

In the latest issue of First Touch Magazine (also available online), writer Zak Van Buren catches up with Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara following his first career MLS win. Among the topics covered, Meara discusses how he first decided to become a goalkeeper, what his recruitment process was like and life as a New York soccer fan. Here's what he had to say about handling the pressure of being a goalkeeper:

"Of course as the last line of defense, there’s that added sense of pressure, you can’t make too many big mistakes in goal, if you do, there’s a good chance that the ball’s ending up in the back of the net. As a keeper you not only have to be able to cope with that pressure but really embrace it. You have to enjoy knowing that your play, good or bad, will have a substantial impact on the outcome of the game. The challenge of that pressure is something that I actually really enjoy."

Read the rest of Meara's interview with First Touch here.

30 March 9:47 am

Thierry Henry recently spoke with Connell McShane of Fox Business to discuss his career in MLS, his motives for playing for the New York Red Bulls and what he believes the future has in store for the league.

(PS - Make sure you watch the video in its entirety for a little impersonation of David Beckham at the end)

29 March 12:38 pm's Greg Lalas analyzes Thierry Henry's goal and breaks down the anatomy of the play from the point of Wilman Conde's free kick, to the end result that gave the Red Bulls a 3-0 lead.

28 March 12:24 pm

Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry and defender Wilman Conde were named to the Team of the Week.

Henry’s inclusion comes after his two-goal, one-assist performance against Colorado helped lift the Red Bulls to their first win of the season. It also earned Henry Player of the Week honors and placed him in the running for Goal of the Week considerations as well.

Conde, who made his New York debut in Sunday’s 4-1 win, didn’t waste any time making his presence known in the defensive end. Head Coach Hans Backe described the newly-acquired defender as “massive” for New York, and it definitely showed in his outing this past weekend. What’s more, Conde also showed a little offensive flare with a beautifully placed ball that led to Henry’s second goal, earning the Colombian defender his first assist in New York colors.

28 March 10:07 am

Providence, R.I. native Ryan Maduro was one of the many players on board with the Red Bulls during the preseason. His hard work and desire to continuously improve were just a few factors that came into play when the team announced his signing on Mar. 19.

During last week's Media Day, Maduro sat with to talk a bit about the preseason, the feedback he received from coaches and his work off the pitch.

You were with the team in Mexico and Arizona, put in your reps and hard work and just received a contract with the club. Has to feel pretty good to be where you wanted to be all along.

Yeah, definitely. I spoke with Coach Hans and the coaching staff after Mexico and while we were in Mexico. They just had very positive things to say about my play and that I have a lot to do to earn it but they wanted to see that same effort and same type of play in Arizona. And then that happened and the chances I got with the training and the games, so when we came back we just kind of settled things out.

There have been some great stories surfacing recently about some of your stints at various clubs, but there’s also been some talk about your time spent working construction as well. Where does that come into play?

My dad owns a construction company, has owned it since we were little. Since we moved from Portugal over to the US. It’s something that I can always get just to help. He’s always telling me, “You can’t just play, you have to help me too.” And then after school it transitioned from helping him on the side to helping him full time because I couldn’t really get breaks from the stints I’ve been at, but I definitely did that and I’m not shy to tell anyone because everyone’s background is different and it made me strong as a person.

Maybe you could team up with Stephen Keel too. He has a history of flipping houses.

Now that you mention that, it is pretty good that it’s with Keel because I am going to be rooming with Keel. So we have a little one-two punch there and maybe we can go into business on the side and become corporate millionaires (laughs).

In terms of getting to know some of the other guys, how has that been?

It feels great. Since day one I’ve been received with open arms. I really have. At first I came in and I was like, “It’s a big organization, a big city, big team, big players, name-wise as well, but I’ll tell you from one to the last guy, it’s been really good.

26 March 1:59 pm

Thierry Henry's two-goal, one-assist performance justifiably earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, as voted on by a panel of journalists from NASR, but now his Goal of the Week nomination is up to you!

Share on Facebook. Post on Twitter. Email your friends. Let's get those votes in as we aim to help Thierry take home double honors this week following Sunday's huge win at Red Bull Arena.

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.

26 March 10:10 am

The Red Bulls earned their first victory of the season on home turf at Red Bull Arena Sunday evening with a monstrous 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids (Recap | Highlights). Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry each earned a brace on the day (Watch: Henry's Brace), while rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara picked up his first-career MLS victory and was named the AT&T Man of the Match.

Check out photos from Sunday's action:

25 March 7:20 pm

Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry each earned a brace, while Ryan Meara registered his first-career MLS victory, in the Red Bulls' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids Sunday afternoon. Check out these highlights from New York's home opener:

More: Recap | Watch Henry's Brace