Thierry Henry on mark but New York falls to Tottenham
Published Friday, July 23, 2010 11:48 AM by Shane Barrow
Thierry Henry arrived to buzz and fanfare in New York as the Red Bulls faced off against powerful Tottenham from the English Premier League. Henry did not disappoint as his deft touches and clever runs were clearly on a different level most of the night. It took him only 25 minutes to notch his first goal as he redirected a low cross from Joel Lindpere past Carlo Cudicini and into the Tottenham net.
The game was wide open and entertaining all night as both teams went forward at every chance. The Tottenham class was clear though as players like Robbie Keane, Gareth Bale and Tom Huddleston were great on the ball. Henry was removed at halftime and with it went much of the New York flare. It was only a matter of time before the 1-0 halftime lead would be gone.
In the 62nd minute Tottenham tied the match on a corner kick. New York were unable to get a clean clearance and Robbie Keane was left with a simple tap in. Ten minutes later a weak header in the backline left Gareth Bale on net where he slotted home the winner. Tottenham had their fightback and continue to build towards the upcoming EPL season.
It was a great night for New York Red Bull as well. A loud and boisterous crowd of over 20,000 witnessed the debut of Thierry Henry and it was evident that Henry will make a major impact for the club going foward. "Just amazing," Henry said of his first night as a Red Bull. "I'd say the reception was tremendous. Every time I touched the ball, when I came out, when I scored. It is important for me to feel at home."
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