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

one.

“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.