Rapids-Red Bulls Preview

While the Colorado Rapids are having trouble finding the back of
the net, the offensively potent New York Red Bulls are set to
welcome their leading scorer back.

After sitting out one game due to injury, Thierry Henry is
expected to rejoin the Red Bulls as they try for their first win in
May in a matchup with the Rapids on Wednesday night.

Henry, tied for third in MLS with five goals, sat out a 2-all
draw at Houston on Saturday with swelling in his right knee. The
forward, though, appeared close to full speed during practice
Monday and is likely to start this home game against Colorado.

The Red Bulls’ 15 goals are tied for second in the league, but
the club struggled a bit without their top offensive threat versus
the Dynamo.

Dane Richards scored 39 seconds into the game – the fastest goal
in team history – but New York (4-2-4) was trailing 2-1 before
midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy scored in second-half stoppage time.

“I thought three points is what we wanted and should have had,”
Richards said. “To be down 2-1 and get the goal, it was good, but
we only got a point.”

New York is 0-1-2 this month.

Colorado (4-3-4) has scored just three times in four May games,
but has managed to go 1-0-3. The Rapids played to a scoreless tie
with visiting Toronto FC on Sunday.

“I think for a few games now we haven’t clicked up front, that’s
just my opinion,” goalkeeper Matt Pickens said. “I think we need to
score goals and we’ve been fortunately enough on the road to get
some goals, which has been great, and we’ve gotten points on the
road. But when we come back (home) we expect three points and we’re
a little disappointed that we didn’t.”

The Rapids will have to deal with a quick turnaround after
boarding a flight east Monday.

“This is probably going to be a little bit of a microcosm of the
rest of the year,” midfielder Jeff Larentowicz told MLSSoccer.com.
“We know that games are going to come quick. It’s just a tough

“That’s why we wanted to get full points because playing in New
York against a strong squad is going to be difficult with midweek
travel … we move on, we have to play another game.”

Colorado, 2-2-2 on the road, could catch a break as Red Bulls
defender Rafa Marquez is uncertain to play after pulling his groin
warming up before the Houston game.