Henry helps New York trounce Colorado
HARRISON, N.J. (AP)
Thierry Henry scored his first two goals of the Major League Soccer season and assisted on one of Kenny Cooper's pair Sunday to lead the New York Red Bulls to their first win of the season, 4-1 over the Colorado Rapids.
The 34-year-old Henry, who had three goals in seven games during a winter loan to Arsenal, scored in the third and 54th minutes. He assisted on a sixth-minute goal by Cooper, who also got a goal in the 89th off a pass from Roy Miller.
Henry has five goals in four MLS games against Colorado.
Omar Cummings scored the Rapids' goal in the 77th, preventing rookie Ryan Meara from getting his first shutout.
New York (1-2), which drew 21,024, was coming off road losses at Dallas and Salt Lake. Colorado (2-1) began with wins over Columbus and Philadelphia.
Henry scored his first goal when he ran onto a back pass from Ross LaBauex intended for goalkeeper Matt Pickens. Henry got the ball about 30 yards from goal and scored on a left-footed shot that trickled past the keeper.
Three minutes later, Henry lofted the ball from midfield toward Cooper, who settled and scored with a right-footed shot.
Meara, who grew up as a MetroStars and Red Bulls fan, saved with a diving punch in the 32nd minute and made another punching save in the 39th.
Henry made it 3-0 in the 54th when he controlled a long pass from defender Wilman Conde with a touch, and slid the ball past Pickens with the inside of his right foot. Henry then took a bow to the cheering fans in that end of the field following his 20th goal for the Red Bulls in all competitions.
Cummings scored his first of the season from 30 yards after Rafa Marquez lost possession in his first match since a three-game suspension for throwing a ball at Landon Donovan in last year's playoff against Los Angeles.
Cooper then scored his third goal of the season.