November 27, 2012
RED BULL HONORS
Henry MVP, Holgersson top defender, Cooper newcomer and humanitarian of the year
Forward Thierry Henry was named Red Bulls' Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season, the team announced on Tuesday.
|Thierry Henry pulled off a rare double-double by scoring 15 goals and assisting on 12 others for the Red Bulls.
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Other honors went to Markus Holgersson, voted defender of the year, and striker Kenny Cooper, selected as newcomer and humanitarian of the year.
The awards were selecting via balloting by the media who cover the Major League Soccer club.
Henry, a 2011 and 2012 MLS Best XI selection and MLS MVP finalist for this season, registered 15 goals and a team-high 12 assists in 25 regular-season games played.
The former French international finished fifth in the league in goals and assists and was voted to the 2012 MLS all-star team last summer for the second successive season.
In his first year in MLS, Holgersson led all defenders in the regular season in appearances (31), starts (31) and goals (three). Holgersson was signed on Jan. 12 after playing for Swedish side, Helsingborgs IF.
Following an 18-goal season which won him the Red Bulls’ Golden Boot and placed him second in MLS in goals scored, Cooper took home a pair of honors.
Cooper, acquired from the Portland Timbers on Jan. 12 in exchange for a 2013 MLS SuperDraft first round selection and allocation money, added three assists in 33 regular-season matches.
He was named MLS humanitarian of the month for September and was awarded the Shining Star Award from the Starlight Children's Foundation for his work with children. Cooper served as Goals for St. Jude Ambassador after his visit to the Memphis hospital in July and remains a frequent visitor at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. He also worked with children from the America Scores and is an ambassador for Street Soccer USA.