• Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

    After Arsenal, Henry & Red Bulls think Salt Lake

    Thierry Henry (pictured) was happy to beat England's Arsenal in a friendly, but is looking forward to MLS play with the New York Red Bulls. (Photo: Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images)

    HARRISON, New Jersey -- With a key Major League Soccer game at Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry admitted he couldn't get too excited about playing a friendly against his former team, Arsenal, on Saturday.

    New York won 1-0 before a crowd of 25,219 at a sold-out Red Bull Arena and the former France international played a role in the lone goal, delivering a corner kick that Ibrahim Sekagya headed for Bradley Wright-Phillips to finish.

    “It was great,” Henry said in reference to playing the Gunners.  “I think the fans obviously enjoyed it.  Like I said before, it wasn’t the most important thing to win the game, but -- at the end of the day -- we won it.  Like I said, now our focus is on [Real] Salt Lake.  The distraction is out of the way now and let’s us concentrate on Salt Lake because it will be a different type of game.”

    In fact, with so many important games on the horizon over the coming weeks, including the start of the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL), the Red Bulls have to concentrate on the matches that mean something.

    Head coach Mike Petke, in a sense, viewed the outing against Arsenal as preparation for Salt Lake.

    “If you look at it, we’re at home at Red Bull Arena and it was almost an away match today, a lot of Arsenal supporters,” Petke commented about the large number of Arsenal fans in attendance Saturday.  “So we wanted to play this game a bit like we’re going to approach [Real] Salt Lake on the road, which is a good shape, sitting in and look to counter a little bit, and when it opens up hopefully we have some good possession and I think that’s a good thing to see today leading into Salt Lake.”

    The Red Bulls have recorded four draws over their last seven MLS matches, winning just once in that timeframe since May 27.

    “There’s something askew, I guess you could say, compared to last year,” Petke expressed.  “Last year, we were a good, solid team that shut teams down when we were up, that worked until the very end and it’s a little bit different this year.  We’re going to try and pinpoint it.”

    New York will kick off its CCL campaign at home against El Salvador’s FAS on August 26.

     

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League: Who’s In?

After falling 1-0 to Tauro FC in the 2017 Panamanian Clausura final Saturday night, Arabe Unido became the last team to book a place in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League -- the competition’s first-ever edition – that is slated to kick-off in August.

Tauro wins 2017 Panamanian Clausura crown, seals 2018 SCCL berth

Tauro FC captured its 13th Panamanian League title with a dramatic 1-0 win over defending champion Arabe Unido in the 2017 Clausura final on Saturday night at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Herrera returns to Club America as head coach

Club America announced Friday via its social media platforms that Miguel Herrera will return to the club as head coach.

Arabe Unido looks to claim another crown

Arabe Undo can complete a dream season on Saturday night, when it faces Tauro FC in the 207 Panamanian Clausura final at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Ferretti says Tigres ready to meet Liga MX Clausura final challenge

Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti praised his team’s spirit in coming back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw against visiting Guadalajara in the first leg of the Liga MX Clausura final Thursday night at the Estadio Universitario.