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Played
July 18, 2012 1:09 PM EDT
Red Bull Arena — Harrison, New Jersey
Referee:‬ E. Jurisevic‎
Attendance:‬ 15814‎
 
 

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Chicago Fire: Henry wonder strike gives Red Bulls home win

In a match that appeared headed for a scoreless draw, the Frenchman scored a thunderbolt to give his side the win.

By Seth Vertelney

Thierry Henry beat the heat - and the Chicago Fire, with a second-half wonder goal, leading the Red Bulls to a 1-0 win at a sweltering Red Bull Arena.

In a match that featured temperatures of well over 100 degrees, the Red Bulls were on top in the first half as the Fire sat back to conserve energy. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson stood tall however, and the match went into halftime scoreless.

With 20 minutes left to play, Henry broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion, chesting down a cross-field ball from Sebastien Le Toux and firing an unstoppable half-volley in off the inside of the far post. It was the striker's first goal since April 28 and it would be all his side needed to secure the victory.

With the win, New York jumped up to second place in the Eastern Conference, leapfrogging D.C. United, which has a game in hand. Chicago remained in fourth place.


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New York Red Bulls

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Bill Gaudette
Goalkeeper
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2
Wilman Conde
Defender
87′
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-
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7
R. Miller
Defender
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14
Mehdi Ballouchy
Midfielder
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11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
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Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
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26
Brandon Barklage
Midfielder
60′
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V. Pálsson
Midfielder
61′
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11
Sebastien Le Toux
Midfielder
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14
Thierry Henry
Striker
71′ 82′
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Chicago Fire

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25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
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33
Dan Gargan
Defender
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4
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13
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4
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12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
75′
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Pavel Pardo
Midfielder
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7
Alex
Midfielder
46′
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8
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M. Pappa
Midfielder
20′
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Substitutes

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Jeremy Vuolo
Goalkeeper
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16
Connor Lade
Defender
61′
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22
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15
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33
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Substitutes

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18
Jay Nolly
Goalkeeper
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3
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11
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19
Corben Bone
Midfielder
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8
R. Robayo
Midfielder
61′
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14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
46′ 90′
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15

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