Red Bulls-United Preview foxsports Apr 20, 2011 at 3:14p ET The New York Red Bulls dominated possession in their first four games, but poor finishing led to only two goals. Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry made sure those struggles Article continues below ... wouldn’t continue. The Red Bulls’ new pairing up front produced three goals in an easy victory, a result they’ll look to build on Thursday night at RFK Stadium against league scoring leader Charlie Davies and D.C. United. Despite the presence of Henry, rising star Juan Agudelo and the April 1 addition of two-time MLS Cup MVP Dwayne De Rosario, New York (2-1-2) did little through four games to indicate it was living up to its preseason billing as one of the Eastern Conference favorites. After being held to one goal in three games despite often having the run of play, the Red Bulls broke out Saturday against San Jose. Coach Hans Backe inserted Rodgers into Agudelo’s striker spot and the 5-foot-7 former English third division star shined, scoring twice and setting up Henry’s goal in New York’s 3-0 victory. “I don’t know if it is because teams don’t see him because he’s so short or because he’s so fast, but he’s always dangerous,” Red Bulls defender Tim Ream told MLSSoccer.com of Rodgers. “But he runs for 90 minutes.” Getting Henry on the scoreboard was perhaps as significant as Rodgers’ contributions. The four-time English Premier League Golden Boot winner hadn’t scored since Sept. 11 – a drought totaling 684 minutes – and had been bothered by what he was calling a “chronic” Achilles’ injury. “He was (in a) different class (Saturday), his touch on the ball,” Backe said of Henry. “He was strong on one-versus-one’s as a target, so this was his best performance so far for (the Red Bulls). If he can stay on this level, we definitely have a player who can make a difference in this league.” Perhaps the most encouraging news to come from the win is that Henry’s Achilles didn’t bother him, meaning Backe plans to once again pair him with Rodgers against United (2-2-1) despite the short week. New York might need Rodgers and Henry to be on top of their games again to keep up with D.C., which has an East-high nine goals. Davies, who is making his comeback from a near-fatal car crash that kept him off the 2010 U.S. World Cup roster, made his first start Saturday at Toronto and scored his fifth goal, while Chris Pontius added two more in a 3-0 win. “Hopefully the goals keep coming,” Davies said. “I’m just kind of shocked the way things have been going, (but) I’m surrounded by a great group of guys and the support is there so I just have to keep improving.” United managed to get three points Saturday despite dealing with a flu bug that made its way through the team, keeping rookie Perry Kitchen out of the starting lineup and midfielder Andy Najar out entirely. By Tuesday, though, D.C. seemed to be in far better shape. “It seems like it’s leaving,” coach Ben Olsen said. “… Physically I think we’re in a pretty good spot, having a lot of choices on my end – and that’s a good thing.” The Red Bulls won the season series 1-0-1 in 2010.