After a successful loan spell in North London, Thierry Henry has begun his third season in Major League Soccer. The Arsenal legend is looking to build on his strong performances from 2011 and lead the New York Red Bulls to success as MLS kicks off its 17th season.
Each week, USA.Arsenal.com will provide a brief look at the progress of Thierry and the Red Bulls.
New York Red Bulls 2-2 Seattle SOunders
Sunday, July 15
Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
By Kevin Mooney
On a sweltering day at Red Bull Arena, Thierry Henry returned to the New York line-up but could not prevent his team from extending their winless streak to three games. Goals from Joel Lindpere and the newly-acquired Sebastien Le Toux gave the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead over the Seattle Sounders, but a Fredy Montero strike midway through the second half meant the home side ultimately had to settle for the draw.
After missing last weekend's 2-0 loss at New England, Henry started in the number 10 slot behind Kenny Cooper and Le Toux. The new position looked to suit the Frenchman as he created a number of opportunities for the Red Bulls throughout the day.
But Seattle struck first. In the 16th minute, Adam Johanssen, playing deep on the right side, launched a long cross to Alvaro Fernandez, who volleyed home the opening goal.
Eight minutes later, New York responded. Seattle's goalkeeper managed to parry Kenny Cooper's rocket from 30 yards out, but Le Toux pounced on the rebound and slotted it home for the equalizer.
A bit of controversy ensued a few minutes before the break when New York's Brandon Barklage sent in a cross toward the right corner of the box. Sensing an opportunity, Henry leapt and went for the ball with his right foot, but Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso ran up and slapped the ball out of bounds. Despite pleas from a clearly incensed Henry, the officials missed the handball and only awarded a corner kick.
The Red Bulls missed one more chance to take the lead on the final play of the first half, when Markus Holgersson's powerful header off a Henry corner kick bounced off the woodwork and just in front of the line.
The home side continued to pour on the pressure early in the second half. Henry led the attack in the 52nd minute. Picking up the ball near the center line, he fed a rushing Connor Lade, but the rookie took an extra touch and could only hit the side netting.
New York finally got their second goal courtesy of Joel Lindpere in the 61st minute. Lindpere collected a long pass from Barklage, threw off a Seattle defender and fired the ball past a diving Meredith. New York had finally built some momentum, but it wouldn't last. Six minutes later, Seattle's Brad Evans sent a low cross toward the center of the area, and Freddy Montero one-timed into the back of the net.
The game would see a few more scoring chances, including a near miss by Dax McCarty off a Henry corner, but in the end the teams would to settle for the single point. The Red Bulls currently sit third in the Eastern Conference, four points behind leaders Sporting Kansas City.
They face a quick turnaround this week, hosting Chicago Fire on Wednesday afternoon at home.