Thierry Henry scored his first Major League Soccer goal of the season en route to a 3-0 Red Bulls win.A crowd of 14,308 people braved downpour conditions at Red Bull Arena to watch the home side host a San Jose team that bounced Red Bull from the playoffs last year. The teams entered the game level on 5pts each. Two scorers opened up their 2011 MLS campaign goal accounts for Red Bull as Luke Rodgers' first half brace and Thierry Henry’s late strike sunk the the California side.
It didn’t take long for the Red Bull’s no. 9 to start the scoring. In the 2nd minute Rafael Marquez’s corner kick was headed along the box and dropped for Dane Richards who sent the ball back across the goalmouth for the Englishman to instinctively head home. It was his first career MLS goal.
The Red Bull’s kept the pressure on the Earthquake and in the 15th minute struck again. Clumsy ball distribution put Earthquake skipper Ramiro Corrales in a tussle with Theirry Henry, with the Frenchman winning possession in an advanced position. Playing a square ball across the box, Rodgers was able to beat keeper Jon Busch to the ball and power the ball into the net for his second of the day.
The Red Bulls maintained dominant possession and created a fair share of chances but San Jose ended the second half physically and prevented any further damage.
The second half started with the same Red Bull superiority. Early chances from Joel Lindpere and a well taken, but poorly finished effort from Thierry Henry initiated the period.
In the 55th minute Earthquake center back Brandon McDonald and Red Bull forward Luke Roger were involved in a minor dust up resulting in double yellow cards.
Earthquake frustration was compounded by Chris Wandolowski’s missed headed effort from no more than 5 yards in the 70th minute. He was closer in vicinity to the goal than any Red Bull defender was from him.
In the 72nd minute Thierry Henry managed to round the keeper for the second time in the match, and missed the target once again. In the 76th Henry had a go from the top of the box and it was saved for a corner.
Although he was having a good game, creating chances for himself and others virtually the whole match, it appeared as if Henry would remain goalless on the season. But in the 87th minute a long ball fell for Luke Rodgers, who collected at the edge of the box and sent a wide ball into danger. Henry rose and unleashed a decisive headed finish into the bottom right corner.
A flurry of substitutions saw the end of the game stall, but after 90 minutes were up, a soggy New York team took three vital home points back to the locker room.
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