New York Red Bulls
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.
"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.
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:
MSG's JP Dellacamera and Shep Messing break down the Red Bulls' 4-1 win over the Crew:
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
CLB – Aaron Schoenfeld (Nemanja Vukovic) 70
CLB – Justin Meram (Nemanja Vukovic) 87
NY – Tyler Ruthven (Jose Angulo) 90
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
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
The New York Red Bulls earned their third-straight victory and first road win of the season Saturday with a 4-1 finish at Crew Stadium. New York jumped out to an early lead when Kenny Cooper buried his first of the match three minutes in. He rounded out his brace 10 minutes later before Thierry Henry added two of his own in the 40th minute and again in the 90th.
Henry currently heads the MLS goal-scoring race with seven tallies, while Cooper sits right behind with six of his own.
Watch full highlights from New York's win over Columbus:
Whether home or away, New York's goals continue to flow.
When the final whistle blew at Crew Stadium Saturday afternoon, the New York Red Bulls' striking partnership of Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper went one and two, respectively, at the top of the MLS goalscoring charts. Henry's second brace of the season puts him at the top with seven, while Cooper's first-half brace, and second of the season, puts him a goal behind New York's captain.
Just three minutes into the match, after receiving a pass from Cooper, Henry floated a ball back that found his fellow forward's chest. With his back to goal, Cooper was given sufficient space to turn and place his left-footed shot past Columbus keeper Danny Gruenebaum. The goal was his fifth of the season and placed him in a tie with Henry.
Ten minutes later, Cooper did it again - this time with his head. The forward's second goal of the match was a sneaky one that developed after a beautiful exchange of play between Dax McCarty, Mehdi Ballouchy and Roy Miller on the left flank. Richards' shot deflected off the Columbus defense, finding a goal-hungry Cooper who rose to make enough connection on the ball for it to trickle into the side netting.
Cooper would be alone on top of the MLS goalscoring charts for just 27 minutes. In the 40th minute, Roy Miller slotted captain Henry through inside the 18. Henry opened his body, sliding the ball past a hopeless Gruenebaum to give New York a 3-0 lead before referee Mark Kadlecik whistled for half.
After Columbus had the majority of chances in the second half, they were rewarded with a consolation goal off a header from Chad Marshall. The Crew's celebration lasted only a few seconds. Henry responded with a vengeance by bringing a Joel Lindpere cross down to volley into the top-right corner, scoring his league-leading seventh goal of the season and sealing New York's 4-1 victory.
Henry and Cooper have firmly established themselves as the deadliest striking pair in the league. Together they have combined for 13 goals after five matches. At the time of the final whistle, that's more than any team has scored in the league. Enjoy both players' braces below!
The Red Bulls continue to move up the ladder in league power rankings across the country. In the week 4 addition of MLSsoccer.com's power rankings, New York sits in the top half of the table. Here's what they had to say:
"Thierry Henry is in filthy form. More important is that Ryan Meara let in two fairly soft goals, but bounced back immediately for a strong second half. A rookie 'keeper with that mindset can take a team places, even if the defense struggles."
There's little surprise in Kansas City retaining the top seed, becoming the only team in the league with a perfect record after they edged out Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center Sunday evening. Kansas City has conceded just one goal in their first four matches. Having lost two home matches, LA surprisingly sits in the sixth slot. In 2011, the Galaxy had an undefeated home campaign, and after playing three matches this season, they've dropped two at the Home Depot Center. The Red Bulls have won their first two home matches in convincing fashion, putting in nine goals, yet LA sits two spots above New York, and even more places on other sites. This is the head-scratcher of the week.
Check out how others rate the team's recent success:
Jeff Carlisle at ESPN Soccernet put two-and-two together. He has New York sitting above LA.
ESPN Soccernet: 7 (9)
"That's nine goals in two games for the Red Bulls following their 5-2 win over Montreal, with Thierry Henry netting a hat trick Saturday. But for all the good feelings emanating from Red Bull Arena, New York's defense still looks unconvincing."
Note: Sports Illustrated included Thierry Henry in their MLS Team of the Week for consecutive weeks.
Sports Illustrated: 9 (12)
"Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper have spearheaded an offensive juggernaut over the last two matches, combining for eight goals in that time, but the club can't afford to have them slow down. Not with Luke Rodgers' visa being denied and Juan Agudelo on the shelf with a torn meniscus. There's reason for optimism at Red Bull Arena, but it should be tempered, especially with integral center back Wilman Conde limping off following the 5-2 thrashing of Montreal."
Soccer By Ives: 6 (11)
"For a while Saturday, it looked as if the Red Bulls were returning to their lackluster ways. But Thierry Henry's hat trick more than made up for some early defensive lapses, including a particularly glaring error by Markus Holgersson. The groin injury that took Rafa Marquez out at halftime will be worth keeping an eye on."
Now that you've seen how the Red Bulls are ranking in the media's eyes, let us know what you think in the comments below.
In honor of Thierry Henry’s three-goal, one-assist performance against the Montreal Impact, combined with his two-goal, one-assist outing against Colorado, the New York Red Bulls are offering a special promotion leading up to kickoff during the Apr. 14 match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The first 10,000 fans to come through the gates for the 7pm ET kick off against San Jose will receive limited-edition posters of Henry. What’s more, 10 of those posters will be personally autographed by Henry himself.
Henry was a two-time Player of the Week winner during the month of March. The legendary striker has played a part in eight of New York’s 10 goals so far this season, scoring five and assisting three.
To get your tickets for the match against San Jose, visit Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER.
The Red Bulls Academy teams went 6-1 this weekend and are now 12-2 over the past two weekends combined. Despite dropping their first game of the weekend to Empire United on Saturday, the Red Bulls Under-18 squad rebounded with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Seacoast on Sunday. The Red Bulls scored three times within a 13-minute span in the first half, starting with Erik Sa’s third goal of the season in the 18th minute, followed up by Sean Sheridan and Danny Bedoya finding the back of the net as well. Danny Bartok and Scotty Thomsen also scored after the restart, while Max Brown went the distance between the posts for the shutout.
The Under-16 Red Bulls went 2-0 this weekend, beginning on Saturday when they defeated Empire United by a 3-0 score. Malcolm Dixon had a standout performance, scoring once and setting up goals for Alex Muyl and Vinny Brunetti. Joe Ohaus earned the shutout in net.
On Sunday, the Under-16’s earned a hard-fought victory over Seacoast. The Red Bulls went up 2-0 on goals by Amando Moreno and Izzy Tandir, and seemed to be in control of the match. However Seacoast battled back with two quick goals to even the affair. But the Red Bulls were able to break through twice more courtesy of Muyl and Brunetti, and came away with a 4-2 win.
On Sunday, the Under-15 Red Bulls faced off against MatchFit. The Red Bulls entered halftime with a lead, as Donte Perez converted early on. Tyler Pinho doubled the Red Bulls’ advantage in the second half, and Perez added another insurance goal as the Red Bulls cruised to a smooth 3-0 win.
The Under-14 Red Bulls also earned a shutout over MatchFit, winning 2-0 on Sunday. Ethan Lochner opened the scoring early in the second half, converting a penalty kick after he was fouled in the box. Ten minutes later, Marcello Borges supplied an insurance goal, as Tom Lapinas and Max Lurie split time in net, pitching a shutout.
Also on Sunday, the Red Bulls Under-13 Pre-Academy team won its matchup with MatchFit, 2-0. Dontae Greer and Chris Schuermann provided the scoring, notching goals on either side of halftime.
MSG Networks, the official broadcast partner of the New York Red Bulls, took home a cool 16 Emmy Awards across a number of categories, as announced by The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Monday afternoon.
Red Bulls announcer Steve Cangialosi secured two awards on his own for On-Camera Talent: Sports Play-by-Play category and the On-Camera Talent: Anchor – Sports category.
Cangialosi is currently in his fifth season as the team’s play-by-play announcer and 11th season covering the Red Bulls. He is joined by Shep Messing, in his 12th season as an expert analyst, along with host and sideline reporter Tina Cervasio, also in her fifth season covering the Red Bulls.
For a full list of Red Bulls matches appearing on MSG broadcasts this season, visit the schedule page.