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Despite Henry's first goal, Red Bulls Fall to Spurs 2-1

Posted on 23 July 2010 by dkarell

Thierry Henry scores his first goal for the club in first half.

After a highly energized first half, a lackluster second half for the New York Red Bulls allowed the visiting Tottenham Hotspurs from England to score twice within ten minutes, and win the first game of the Barclays New York Challenge 2-1.

A near capacity crowd filled the brand new Red Bull Arena to see Thierry Henry make his debut for the New York Red Bulls. Hans Backe put him in the starting lineup, and when his name was announced, he received a thunderous roar of approval.

Henry quickly made his influence felt in the match, deftly collecting passes, giving great through balls, and making plenty of impressive plays with his feet.

The Red Bulls did well to control possession early, and created a few close chances.

Henry was played through on goal, but the Tottenham keeper Carlo Cudicini stoned him. Later Seth Stammler had a wide open chance in front of goal and completely whiffed on the shot.

On the other end, Gareth Bale of Tottenham continously showed his speed from the left wing as he blew by Chris Albright on many occasions, and sent in crosses from the byline.

The Red Bulls finally got the goal they seemed destined to get when Joel Lindpere nutmegged a defender, before sending in a great cross from the left. Henry made a great diagonal run onto the pass, and got a foot on it, which deflected the ball into the back of the net.

It was the dream debut for Henry, who just signed for the club one week ago.

Tottenham was content to pass the ball around after conceding the goal, and they patiently looked to find a good way past the New York defense.

The Red Bull’s defense was solid though, and Tim Ream especially had a very good game in the central of defense, shutting down Spurs star Robbie Keane for most of the game.

The scoreline stayed 1-0 to New York at half time, and Thierry Henry departed the game, as did some of the luster.

Into the game for New York was Greg Sutton in goal, Toni Tchani in the midfield, and Mike Petke in defense.

Spurs meanwhile kept their better players out on the field, and against the second string of the Red Bulls, they looked much better on the ball.

In the 62nd minute, Robbie Keane equalized for Tottenham when a corner kick was mishandled by the keeper Sutton and Tchani of the Red Bulls, and Keane hit a strike on the volley into the back of the net.

Just ten minutes later, a long ball played from the back by Spurs midfielder Tom Huddleston released Gareth Bale towards goal. A poor back pass from Jeremy Hall and flat feet from Sutton helped Bale get a poke on the ball, and just get enough on it to get it into the net.

The Red Bulls stayed in the game though, and Lindpere, playing as a second striker in the second half, did his best to bring the team forward. But time after time, the Spurs defense stayed tight, and didnt give away easy opportunities.

Late in the game, the Red Bulls had a final chance, and hit the crossbar, but it was just that kind of half, where they had some good chances, but couldnt find the net.

Overall, it was a great way to gain some confidence, and the team looks set to win on Sunday when they take on Manchester City in the final game of the New York Football Challenge.

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