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 3-2 DC United
Sunday, June 24
Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
By Kevin Mooney
Sunday marked a big day for the New York Red Bulls. The club recorded their first sellout of the 2012 MLS season and Thierry Henry made his long-awaited return to the New York line-up after recovering from a calf injury. He started the game against DC United on the bench, but came on as a substitute in the 69th minute, registering two shots -- one on goal -- in the 3-2 win over the Red Bulls' archrivals.
It was only his second appearance with the Red Bulls since he suffered a hamstring injury against New England on April 28th. The Frenchman did play a full 90 minutes against Chivas USA in May, but missed the next two matches after straining his calf while training on his own during an international break.
Henry's absence has seen two other players pass him on the MLS goal scoring leaderboard, but he still sits in third place with nine goals -- all in just 10 games.
Even without their talisman in the line-up, New York has fared well in recent months. Henry's goal against New England game sparked a six-game unbeaten run, which saw the team climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Sunday's win puts them in a tie for first with DC United, but with one game in hand.
The Red Bulls head to Canada on Saturday to take on MLS cellar-dwellers Toronto FC.