Red Bulls 5, Impact 2
Five goals in two games haven’t made Thierry Henry particularly
happy. The French international would rather get 90 good minutes
from the New York Red Bulls, and that hasn’t happened this
Henry scored his first career MLS hat trick and set up goal as
the Red Bulls overcame a poor first half to beat the expansion
Montreal Impact 5-2 on Saturday.
Henry refused to say much about his personal scoring binge that
has led New York to two straight wins at home after losing their
opening two games on the road.
”I care about what we did in the first half and how bad we
played,” Henry said. ”That’s all I care about.’
Henry said the Red Bulls were upset at the half despite leaving
the field tied at 2-2.
”If you are going to compete, you have to play well for 90
minutes,” said Henry, who had 14 goals in 26 games last season.
”I know sometimes, every now and then, it’s not always easy and
you can’t do it. I know you guys understand it was 5-2, but I am a
competitor and I always think about what wasn’t good in the game
and the first half wasn’t good at all.”
Dax McCarty, who stole a pass to set up Henry’s game winner that
snapped a 2-all tie early in the second half, was more willing to
discuss Henry’s scoring.
”He’s an animal,” McCarty said. ”He’s literally as close to
unstoppable as it comes in this league, especially the way he is
playing now. When you see how motivated he is, especially now that
he realizes how difficult this league is. I think he has taken it
to another level. He gets better every game. With the exception of
the first half, we are going to be very difficult if he keeps
playing like this. It seems like every time he shoots the ball, it
Kenny Cooper and Mehdi Ballouchy also scored for the Red Bulls,
who have scored nine goals since returning home, with Henry getting
five and two assists.
Sanna Nyassi and Justin Mapp scored for winless Montreal
(0-3-1). The Impact, who had one goal in their first three games,
had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before the Red Bulls’ French international
”I thought we played some good soccer,” Mapp said. ”It showed
what we can do, but we’re in this business for results and it’s 90
minutes and we weren’t good throughout 90 minutes.”
The Red Bulls’ win did not come without a cost. Midfielder Rafa
Marquez suffered a groin injury and didn’t play in the second
Henry scored in the 28th, 56th and 89th minutes with the middle
goal snapping a 2-all tie. McCarty intercepted a pass by Zarek
Valentin and found Henry at the top of the box for a shot that beat
goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts just inside the goalpost.
Henry helped extend the lead to 4-2 in the 72nd minute with a
flick pass that set up Ballouchy’s goal. He capped got his third
goal of the match on a rebound.
The Red Bulls twice rallied from one-goal deficits to tie the
game, the second time after referee Michael Kennedy awarded a
questionable penalty kick in injury time.
McCarty dribbled the ball into the box and was tackled from
behind by Matteo Ferreri. The defender seemed to get the ball but
Kennedy ruled that he also got McCarty’s leg. Cooper converted the
penalty for his fourth goal of the season.
McCarty said it was a 50-50 call, and an argument could have
been made for no penalty kick.
Mapp had given Montreal a 2-1 lead in the 38th minute. He took a
pass from Felipe Martins on the left wing, cut across the middle of
the penalty area and beat rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara inside the
Henry tied the game at 1-all by heading a pass from Marquez off
the hands of Ricketts into the net.
Nyassi got a gift from the Red Bulls in scoring the second goal
for the Impact in their MLS history. Dane Richards played the ball
back to Markus Holgersson on the edge of New York box. The defender
could not handle the touch pass and Nyassi pounced on the loose
ball and easily beat a defenseless Meara, who finished with four
Montreal midfielder Davy Arnaud said the team played well in the
”To get two goals and be up twice was obviously a good start
for us,” he said. ”But we didn’t respond well in the second half.
We got a little rattled with the PK at the end of the half and our
response was definitely not good enough in the second half. They’re
a good team and we got punished for it.”
Impact coach Jesse Marsch said his team gave the Red Bulls too
much space in the final 45 minutes and Henry took advantage of
”He killed us,” Marsch. ”Every time he touched the ball he
killed us. We talked about it. So, he played well.”