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Bulls rout Quakes on Henry's first MLS goal

Posted on 29 August 2010 by cwilliams

The New York Red Bulls routed the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday in a thrilling match before a near-capacity crowd of 21, 859. Midfielder Dane Richards scored first, just before half time (45th minute). And redoubtable forward Thierry Henry added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute. It was his first as a Red Bull and his fourth in the MLS since he started playing in the US last month.

The final score doesn’t reveal how lopsided the game was, with the Red Bulls taking about six shots on goal for every one made by the Earthquakes.

“I’m happy with the game we played tonight,” Backe said in the press conference afterwards. “Just as I’m happy with the training program we’ve got going to prepare the team for matches.” Chuckling, he added, “Our prep is sometimes so fierce that the players almost come to blows. But as it’s working, we’ll be holding many more of the same type.”

Going into tonight’s game, the Red Bulls’ second place standing in the conference was based on a 10-7-4 record so far this season. The team’s winning ways continued last week when they beat Toronto FC 4-1.

But the San Jose Earthquakes also had a winning record (8-6-5) coming into the match, and with a surprising win last week over top-ranked LA Galaxy.

The night was cool and clear as the San Jose Earthquakes started out seeking to slow the Red Bulls’ fast attacks. The tactic worked for most of the first half, that is, until Richards broke through. He continues to improve as a player, going from strength to strength in the past few months, using his extreme speed to bring the ball to the last third from midfield, or taking a forward pass up the right side for a cross. But his goal tonight resulted from a straight run up the middle. The Red Bull midfielder literally “bulled” his way through three San Jose defenders. Although the more experienced Henry was at his side, Richards did not pass the ball. Instead, he kept control of the ball through the finish, wrong-footing goalkeeper Alex Howarth, and dumping it into the net from four yards out.

Henry’s goal in the 63rd was equally exciting. Standing at the goal mouth in his trademark predatory posture, he took a cross from Richards and deftly slipped the ball past a diving Howarth. The goal redeemed several of the storied striker’s failed attempts at scoring tonight: Two of his shots hit the post. A third—a marvelously ingenious heel kick of a volleyed pass—was lifted over the bar by a leaping Howarth.

Henry’s performance was praised afterwards by Backe, who backtracked on his prior statement that Henry would be so important to the Red Bulls that it would make no difference whether he ever scored a goal or not.

“It’s important for Henry to score, despite what I said six month ago about him,” Backe explained. “Our game gets going with his movement and his passing. Other teams try to close him down—good players going after him—which opens up opportunities for other members of the team.”

Backe was forced to take his star striker out of the game in the 88th minute after Henry’s leg cramped up. Backe replaced him with Salou Ibrahim. Other substitutions he made were Macoumba Kendji for team captain Juan Pablo Angel in the 72nd minute and Seth Stammler for Tony Tchani in the 84th minute.

San Jose’s strikers were not a factor at all in the game tonight, except for Cornell Glen, who took several shots and paying the price on the last one by getting decked at the goalmouth by Red Bull goalkeeper Bouna Condoul who’d come out charging.. Like the Red Bulls, the San Jose Earthquakes used all three allowable substitutes also: Jasseh came in for Wondolowski, and Johnson for Cronin, and Geovanni for Gjertsen.

San Jose defenders had a tough time containing the Red Bulls’ Joel Lindpere who dominated the right side but came close to having to leave the game after a vicious foul took him down and required him to leave the field temporarily. Also outstanding was Tim Ream who made numerous smart moves, literally using his head to halt dangerous advances. Ream remains one of only a handful of Red Bulls who’ve played every minute of every game so far this year.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0
August 28, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 21,859

Scoring Summary:
NY: Dane Richards 1 (unassisted) 46’+
NY: Thierry Henry 1 (Dane Richards 3) 63’

Disciplinary Summary:
SJ: Bobby Burling (caution) 6’
NY: Dane Richards (caution) 38’
SJ: Bobby Convey (caution) 56’
NY: Joel Lindpere (caution) 75’
NY: Tony Tchani (caution) 83’


New York Red Bulls (11-7-4, 37 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Chris Albright, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Rafa Márquez, Joel Lindpere, Tony Tchani (Seth Stammler 84’), Thierry Henry (Salou Ibrahim 88’), Juan Pablo Angel (Macoumba Kandji 72’)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Mike Petke, Danleigh Borman, Sinisa Ubiparipovic,

San Jose Earthquakes (8-7-5, 29 pts.) – Jon Busch (GK), Tim Ward, Bobby Burling, Brandon McDonald, Arturo Alvarez, Sam Cronin (Ryan Johnson 78’), Khari Stephenson, Bobby Convey, Joey Gjertsen (Geovanni 55’), Chris Wondolowski (Omar Jasseh 63’), Cornell Glen
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Horwath, Steven Beitashour, Brad Ring, Scott Sealy

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee’s Assistants: Phillippe Briere, Jason Cullum
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

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    The MLS has entered a very interesting time with a flood of DPs. The play is getting markedly better, but not uniformly. Maybe this takes the MLS to the next level. Hope the gate covers the cost of being competitive – I have my doubts it will on average. But something had to be done…

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