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

season.

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

goes in.”

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

took over.

”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

half.

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

left goalpost.

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

saves.

Montreal midfielder Davy Arnaud said the team played well in the

first half.

”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

it.

”He killed us,” Marsch. ”Every time he touched the ball he

killed us. We talked about it. So, he played well.”