A HARD ROAD LIES AHEAD
Thierry Henry collapsed in New England territory, going down untouched. As he looked for the ball from Mehdi Ballouchy, the team captain was forced to suddenly stop and reconfigure himself after the Moroccan failed to feed him a timely ball. The pause caused Henry’s hamstring to strain forcing the leagues leading striker on his back in grimacing pain. Early estimates have him out of action for up to a month, with further information to be provided after an evaluation on Monday.
So, now what? Well, New York will turn their hopes and aspirations on Kenny Cooper. Cooper, who has been a constant in the leagues top scoring list, is certainly a capable forward, but has rarely excelled without Henry. From the looks of things, he may be partnered with Dane Richards up top forming an Henry/Rodgers style tandem in attack. Whether that will work is anyone’s guess.
Henry’s loss also guarantees New York will be missing up to six starters for a large chunk of the next month. This is just the latest and most damning injury to befall the Red Bulls this season.