New York Red Bulls
Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper and New York native Ryan Meara was on hand for the New York Rangers' 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens Friday night. Fresh off his first career MLS win, and one day prior to the Red Bulls' win over the Montreal Impact, Meara chatted with MSG's John Giannone during a break in play to discuss his start in New York and what he'd be doing if he wasn't playing soccer.
The Red Bulls picked up their second win of the season, and second-straight victory at home, in a high-scoring, 5-2 victory over the Montreal Impact Saturday evening (Recap | Highlights). Similar to the previous week's 4-1 win over Colorado, Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry put on yet another strong performance, this time scoring three goals and adding one assist in an outing that saw him earn his first career MLS hat trick (Watch: Henry's Hat Trick) and AT&T Man of the Match honors.
Forward Kenny Cooper also added to his goal total, currently standing at four tallies, with a penalty-kick finish that beat Montreal's Donovan Ricketts to send both teams into the half tied at two. Mehdi Ballouchy rounded out the scoring after his 69th minute sub led to a 72nd minute goal courtesy of a highlight-reel worthy flick pass from the foot of Henry.
New York returns to action Saturday at 3pm ET when they head to Ohio for a meeting with the Crew (Watch on MSG). The Red Bulls will look to extend their undefeated record at home when the San Jose Earthquakes come to town Apr. 14 for a 7pm ET kickoff. Get your tickets now on Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER. Great seats starting as low as $20! The first 10,000 fans through the gate for the Apr. 14 match will receive a Thierry Henry poster.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's win over Montreal:
After last week's brace it may be hard to believe Thierry Henry could better the performance he put out against Colorado, but that's just what the Red Bulls captain did. Henry became the first New York player to score a hat trick since Oct. 14, 2006 when Amado Guevara put in three against Kansas City at Giants Stadium.
In the 28th minute, Henry anticipated a well-placed cross from Rafa Marquez in open play to head past Montreal veteran goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. His first goal of the match leveled Sanna Nyassi's opening goal nine minutes prior.
After New York midfielder Dax McCarty played his captain in on top of the box, Henry took a touch away from Montreal's defenders with his left foot to set up a shot he cranked in with his right foot that slipped in Ricketts' near post to give the Red Bulls a 3-2 advantage. Just as he did last week against Colorado, Henry scored shortly after the break to give New York the 3-2 lead.
With the Red Bulls ahead 4-2, Henry showed his hunger for goal as he completed his hat trick with a tap-in after Ricketts' spilled Kenny Cooper's initial shot from well outside the box. Henry was quick to jump on the ball and bury his milestone tally.
Henry's contribution didn't end with his goals either. Again, like last week's home opener against the Rapids, Henry had a classy assist in Saturday's match against Montreal. Red Bulls right back Jan Gunnar Solli took the ball to the end line, finding Henry, who noticed teammate Mehdi Ballouchy's run. Henry's crafty pass found Ballouchy's feet, showing the pure skill that soccer fans around the world have come to label as "patented Henry."
Incredibly, the Red Bulls captain has played a part in eight of the 10 goals the team has scored this season. The only exceptions being today's penalty kick, which was slotted in coolly by Cooper, and the fourth goal Cooper scored against Colorado on a Roy Miller cross in the home opener.
Henry's repeat performances take him to a staggering five goals and three assists this season, with all but one assist coming in the past two matches.
Sit back and watch Henry's first hat trick for the Red Bulls here. It can't hurt to relive last week's brace either.
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.
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.
MLSsoccer.com 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:
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.
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)
MLSsoccer.com'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.
Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry and defender Wilman Conde were named to the MLSsoccer.com 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.
Not only did the Red Bulls get their first victory of the 2012 MLS season Sunday, they also jumped three spots in MLSsoccer.com's weekly power rankings. Here's what they had to say:
"If you get gifted with an opponent that's missing its three best players, then you need to take advantage. That's exactly what New York did in pummelling Colorado on Sunday. Next step is doing it against a full strength Impact on the weekend."
Check out how others rate the team's recent success:
ESPN Soccernet: 9 (12)
"The Red Bulls were beneficiaries of Colorado's largesse in winning 4-1, but they also benefited from the insertions of Kenny Cooper, Rafa Marquez and Wilman Conde into the starting lineup, with Conde doing plenty to solidify New York's defense."
Sports Illustrated: 12 (12)
"We've seen this before from the Henry-era Red Bulls -- horrendous one game, impressive the next. Finding that consistency will be the challenge now that the club's major players (save for Luke Rodgers' visa issues and injured Juan Agudelo) are ready to contribute."
Also on Sports Illustrated, defender Wilman Conde and forward Thierry Henry made the MLS team of the week.