The veteran scored a goal and assisted three others as the Red Bulls rolled past the Columbus Crew.Thierry Henry produced a virtuoso performance to carve up the Columbus Crew in a 4-1 win at Red Bull Arena and strike an important blow in the Eastern Conference playoff fight.
Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his incredible recent form with the game's opening goal in the 17th minute. While the Englishman finished the chance, it was Henry who created it. The Red Bulls' captain played a one-two with Eric Alexander that sprung him into the penalty area, and then found the lurking Wright-Phillips with a cross through the corridor of uncertainty.
Columbus pulled one back not too long after. Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga was caught in possession in the back and his turnover allowed Ethan Finlay to find Adam Bedell. Bedell, a first-half substitute after Jairo Arrieta was stretchered off, scored his first MLS goal with a well-hit volley from outside the box
Henry scored a goal of his own just before halftime. Goalkeeper Steve Clark denied a Wright-Phillips header and a desperate sliding clearance pushed the ball only as far as the Frenchman, who casually picked out the far post with a side-footed shot.
Ten minutes into the second half, the hosts were up 3-1. Lloyd Sam was poorly marked and easy for Henry to find with a pass into the box. Sam took one touch to put the ball ahead of him and rifled past Clark.
The Red Bulls (5-5-8), who saw Alexander finish the scoring late, grab fifth in the East and the final playoff spot. Columbus is 4-6-8, three points back.