August 24, 2014
PLENTY LEFT IN HIS TANK
Whether he's thinking of retirement or not, Henry shows he's still an impact player
HARRISON, N.J. -- Thierry Henry hasn't made a decision on whether the 2014 Major League Soccer season will be his last as a professional soccer player.
|Thierry Henry: "Verbally or not verbally, you have to perform on the field, whether youíre vocal or not vocal."
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If his sterling, second-half performance against the Montreal Impact Saturday night was any indication, the former French international certainly has plenty left in his tank.
Henry scored twice and set up another goal in the Red Bulls' 4-2 comeback triumph over the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena.
Asked after the game about talking Henry out of retirement in wake of his production, head coach Mike Petke replied, "As far as I know, Thierry hasnít made any decisions. You starting rumors here? Listen, heís our player. I have him, at the very least, for the rest of the year. Iím happy about that. Anything past that would be icing on the cake."
A week ago on Aug. 17, Henry had some cake -- his 37th birthday cake as he celebrated another year.
"I donít want this to be it for him," said striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, who scored twice to break the Red Bulls' season scoring record held by Juan Pablo Angel. Whatever he wants to do he does, heís done that his whole career, so hopefully he stays."
He might not be the same player who joined the Red Bulls in July 2010, but he certainly can be productive with his skill and vision. In 1,880 minutes over 21 games and starts, Henry has scored seven goals and set up 11. He shares the MLS assist lead with the LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane.
"Henry made a big difference, and sometimes thereís nothing you can do," Montreal coach Frank Yallop said.
The Red Bulls and Henry did all their damage in the second half after coming into the locker room with a 1-0 deficit. The one-time French international said he did not say anything to his teammates.
"Verbally or not verbally, you have to perform on the field, whether youíre vocal or not vocal," he said. "Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnít work. The boss said Ďwhat do you have to sayí at halftime. A couple of guys were talking but we all knew what was at stake. Itís a conference game. We needed to win. We needed to be strong at home. Six games now [left] at home. We have to almost win them all, right now. You have to see what is going to happen next until we play those games."
Henry might not have talked a lot at halftime, but he had plenty to say afterwards.
"Thereís not enough to be said at halftime when youíre one-nil down and you played the way you played in the first half," he said. "Just have to do better. Thatís what it was and weíve done better although, like I said to you every time, we kind of, could have, controlled the game a bit better. We [brought] them back into the game. Weíll learn, weíll learn, hopefully.
"Itís not always that youíre going to score four. ... The bottom line is that we won but Iím saying the bigger picture is that we canít keep conceding goals, because, for example, against Chicago, we didnít manage to score and we ended up losing the game on, Iím sure you saw the goal Ė it was very regrettable."
There was nothing regrettable about Thierry Henry's performance Saturday night.