August 13, 2011
HENRY'S REALITY CHECK
'We are where we deserve to be'
By Michael Lewis
|Thierry Henry connected for his 12th goal of the season.
Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
HARRISON, N.J. -- Perhaps Thierry Henry said it best after his Red Bulls earned yet another tie, this one against the Chicago Fire.
"We are where we deserve to be," he said after a 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena. "That's all I can tell. If we keep on tying games and giving goals away, you deserve to be where you are. It's as simple as that."
After Saturday night's game, the Red Bulls find themselves still in third place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, thanks to six wins, six losses and 13 draws.
So, the Red Bulls squandered yet another two points.
The countdown clock to the end of the regular season is ticking away. The Red Bulls have nine games remaining.
"Time is running out because you have one less game now," Henry said. "The only thing I can tell you is it seems that itís difficult to even win at home. So we know how difficult it is for us to win on the road. Five more games at home and four on the road.
"I said it the other day on Thursday, we have to pick up points and we're clearly not doing it. Some of the teams behind us are going to have to play each other. We can only do what we can do and at the moment it is tying games and itís not enough."
There was no doubt that Henry left RBA one frustrated one, despite connecting for his 12th goal of the season.
Asked if he had ever gone through a similar patch at Arsenal (England) or Barcelona, the former French international responded, "Never, never. never, ever. But that's the way it is."
One of the most popular questions asked by the media around the Red Bulls' locker room was why the team can't secure three points or a win. The Red Bulls own a six-game winless streak (0-3-3), winning for the last time, against Toronto FC, 5-0, on July 6.
"Ask the boss," he said. "The boss was there before, did you ask him? That's the guy you need to ask."
A writer then told Henry that he had asked the boss, coach Hans Backe, the question during the post-game press conference, but the coach did not answer the question directly.
Henry noted the Red Bulls started well, taking an early 1-0 lead on his goal.
"I thought it was going to be a good game for us," he said. "Then in a space of what eight minutes, it was 2-1 again.
"Right now, it was kind of annoying because we did start well. . . . We came back into it again. We showed some character. but we conceded two goals again. I don't know if you saw the goals, but it was goals again we could have avoided."