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Quel Debut! Henry scores as RBNY fall to Spurs in Barclays opener

Posted on 23 July 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s entirely possible that we’ve been minimizing the impact of Thierry Henry on the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer. In a game that counted little if anything in the grand scheme of things, Henry dazzled a crowd of 20,312 (third biggest ever) at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night. The Frenchman was everywhere, beating his man off the dribble, playing passes into space to set up teammates and ultimate scoring his first goal in a Red Bulls kit.

Check out the Thierry Henry photo gallery from the match, courtesy of ASN’s Scott Marsh!

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Still, it’s hard to describe just how awesome TH14 looked on the pitch. It was literally like a varsity high school star joined a bunch of preteens for a pickup match. At times his teammates (Macoumba Kandji in particular) didn’t seem to know what to do with his pristine service.

Ultimately Red Bulls were defeated by Spurs 2-1 in the first Barclays New York Challenge match after Tottenham struck twice in the second half to earn the victory. Big deal. That’s not why we’ll remember this one. Undoubtedly, this is the start of great things to come for the Thierry Henry reign at Red Bull Arena. No pressure though.

Henry ended up scoring his first goal in a Red Bulls uniform in the 25th minute. Midfielder Joel Lindpere expertly beat a Tottenham defender in the left side of the penalty area and sent the ball across the face of goal, where a sliding Henry was able to guide the ball to the far side netting.

Goalkeeper Greg Sutton was one of the Red Bulls’ three halftime substitutions, and the Canadian was forced into early action. Spurs fullback Alan Hutton sent a high, looping cross that Niko Krancjar hit on the full volley, but Sutton made a diving stop to push the ball past the post for a corner.

Tottenham leveled the match in the 62nd minute off a corner kick. Sutton tried to catch the corner at the top of the box but it went off his fingertips and over his head towards the far post, where Keane was there to volley it in. The visitors then took the lead 10 minutes later on a miscue from the New York defense. Substitute defender Jeremy Hall tried to head the ball back to Sutton, but Bale intercepted the pass and knocked the ball underneath the keeper to put Spurs up.

New York had multiple opportunities to tie the match about 10 minutes from full time. Cudicini denied Conor Chinn’s close range effort in the 78th minute, and a minute later, Richards’ attempt from the top of the box just missed the top corner. Off a corner kick in the 80th minute, Mike Petke rose and headed the ball over Cudicini, but off the crossbar.

Match Report

Barclays New York Challenge: New York Red Bulls 1, Tottenham Hotspur FC 2
July 22, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 20,312

Scoring Summary:
NY: Henry (Lindpere) 25’
TOT: Keane (unassisted) 62’
TOT: Bale (unassisted 72’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Tim Ream (caution) 16’

Lineups:
New York Red Bulls – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Greg Sutton 46’), Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes (Mike Petke 46’), Chris Albright (Jeremy Hall 64’), Carl Robinson (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 63’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Conor Chinn 77’), Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji, Thierry Henry (Tony Tchani 46’)

Substitute Not Used: Danleigh Borman

Tottenham Hotspur FC – Carlo Cudicini (GK), Alan Hutton, Gareth Bale, Kyle Naughton, Vedran Corluka (Adel Taarabt 46’), Kyle Walker (Andros Townsend 46’), Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Luka Modric (Ryan Mason 76’), Niko Kranjcar (Danny Rose 70’), Robbie Keane

Substitutes Not Used: Jonathan Obika, David Button, Adam Smith

Officials:

Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Steven Taylor
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

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