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November 1, 2012
“Pfffft...what’s talk going to do?"

By Kristian Dyer Contributing Editor

Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry doesn't put much stock in trash talk.
Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry doesn't put much stock in trash talk.
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UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The announced move of Saturday’s first leg of the MLS quarterfinals from Red Bull Arena down to Washington, D.C. certainly complicates travel matters for the Red Bulls, who departed on Thursday for the nation’s capital. But will it affect the team itself?

There are issues here certainly and they might play in favor of the Red Bulls. Going to R.F.K. Stadium on short notice limits the potential for a home crowd advantage and also allows New York to host the second leg in their comfy confines, knowing full well what they need to do in order to advance.
But does the captain of the Red Bulls look at it that way?

“I don’t know, I don’t know you have to play home and away when you play in the Champions League you have to play home and away. For me it doesn’t change anything,” Thierry Henry said.

“For me it doesn’t change anything, I don’t know for other people.”

Well that was a definitive maybe.

This season, the Red Bulls have had their ups and downs against United, going 1-1-1 in 2012 with each team getting a win at home and the two sides tying 2-2 at R.FK. Stadium on Aug. 29. Henry anticipates a tough clash between these two rivals.

“It’s going to be a tough one. We all remember when we went down there and lost 4-1. We had a good game against them here, we won 3-2. We usually have goals when we play them, it’s playoff time now, we have to try to avoid conceding,” Henry said.

“We all know it’s going to be a difficult one. Having said that, if you remember the last game I think we played them well but I think it will be a different type of game.”

As for some of the supposed trash talk circulating from the United camp, Henry didn’t seem much impressed or even aware of it.

“Pfffft. I mean, it is but what’s talk going to do? I don’t have anything to say,” Henry said. “It’s going to be a difficult game like it always is against D.C.”

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