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.
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 NewYorkRedBulls.com 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.
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.
The New York Red Bulls Academy went a combined 6-1 this weekend, with each age group taking on NJSA of Jackson, NJ while the Under-16 and Under-18 sides also had games against Match Fit Chelsea.
The Under-18 team won both of its games this weekend, upending Match Fit on Saturday and NJSA on Sunday. Brandon Allen continued his excellent form over the weekend, scoring the only goal of the game on Saturday in the Red Bulls’ 1-0 victory over Match Fit. After a scoreless first half, Allen headed in a Danny Bedoya cross in the 66th minute. Goalkeepers Santiago Castano and Max Brown combined in goal for the shutout. On Sunday, Allen once again opened the scoring, this time in the 32nd minute. The Red Bulls got an insurance goal just seven minutes from full time on Mael Corboz’s first tally of the season.
In their two victories this weekend, the Under-16 Red Bulls combined for 10 goals. On Saturday against Match Fit, Joe Ohaus and Gianni Carillo combined for the shutout, as the Red Bulls rolled to a 5-0 victory. Adam Najem notched a goal and an assist, while Amando Moreno, Alex Muyl, Malcolm Dixon and Derrick Etienne each got their name on the scoresheet. The offense stayed potent on Sunday against NJSA in a 5-2 win. Moreno and Muyl both scored twice, while Vinny Brunetti scored his first of the season.
On Sunday, the Under-14 Red Bulls rushed past NJSA by a 5-0 score. Despite not being able to score in the first half, the Red Bulls’ offense exploded in the second half. Jerel Blades was the star of the day, scoring four of the team’s five goals.
The Under-13 Red Bulls Pre-Academy side cruised to an impressive road victory over NJSA on Saturday. It took just two minutes for Dantae Greer to open the scoring, his first of two goals on the afternoon. Markez Zalla notched a hat trick, while Mitko Bozinov and Hunter Pinho split the duties between the posts, earning the combined clean sheet.
The Under-15 Red Bulls surrendered one goal before halftime and two after, failing to crack the NJSA defense as they fell, 3-0 on Saturday.