October 18, 2012
'We are not one of the favorites to win the league'
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- If the Major League playoffs began today, the Red Bulls would not be one of the favorites to win MLS Cup, so says Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry.
|Thierry Henry: "We have to work at it. Kansas City is an example of how to do it."
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"We are not one of the favorites to win the league," Henry said after practice at Montclair State University on Thursday. "We have to work at it. Kansas City is an example of how to do it."
Sporting Kansas City leads the Eastern Conference with a 17-7-8 mark and 59 points.
Henry then rattled off some other teams that should get the title, including the Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes, who are vying for the Supporters Shield crown.
The former French international striker said it was because of "the way they play throughout the whole season."
There are many reasons why the Red Bulls cannot be considered a favorite. Henry noted one of them -- the Red Bulls have not qualified for the post-season, at least not yet. They can if they defeat Sporting at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Sporting has a 1-0-1 record against the Red Bulls, including an impressive 2-0 win at RBA on Sept. 19.
"Let's try to make it to the playoffs and see what we can do," he said. "At the moment, we don't deserve that title to be one of the favorites."
The Red Bulls (15-9-8, 53) find themselves in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. If the regular season ended today, the Red Bulls would have to play in a wildcard game to become one of the final four conference sides.
“At the end of the day you are where you are supposed to be," Henry said. “Kansas City is the best team in the league at the moment.
"we’re going to have to try to give them a better game than we gave them the other day, especially in the first half. They outplayed us at times, and worked more than us."