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.
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.
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.
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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!
Thierry Henry topped the MLSsoccer.com Top 20 Castrol Index, a weekly snapshot that ranks players based on their overall performance.
New York’s captain scored three goals and added an assist in the Red Bulls’ 5-2 win over the Montreal Impact, paving the way to his second consecutive Player of the Week award and first ever Player of the Month honor.
MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle puts Henry’s performance against Montreal into perspective when compared to the rest of the League:
“That gave him an Index score of 1921 points per 90 minutes, nearly 400 better than second-placed Kelyn Rowe.”