Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper make a nice duo
for Red Bull New York.
Henry scored twice and assisted on one of Cooper's two goals as New York ended
a two-match slide to start the season with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids
on Sunday at Red Bull Arena.
New York had just two goals in its first two matches, but Henry scored inside
3 minutes, assisted on Kenny Cooper's second goal of the season with less than
6 minutes played, and added his second early in the second half.
Cooper capped the home-opening win with his third goal of the year in the 89th
minute off an assist from Roy Miller.
The Red Bulls (1-2-0) lost their first two matches against FC Dallas, 2-1, and
Real Salt Lake, 2-0. Colorado (2-1-0) opened the season with victories against
the Columbus Crew, 2-0, and the Philadelphia Union, 2-1.
New York coach Hans Backe started Cooper for the first time this year, and the
partnership with Henry produced all four goals.
With Rafael Marquez back from suspension to start in midfield and Wilman Conde
making his first start to anchor the defense, Henry and Cooper tortured Rapids
Henry scored the opener off a mistake from Colorado's Ross LaBauex, who played
the ball back into the Frenchman's path just outside the area. Henry drove the
ball inside the area and slotted from the left back to the right post.
Just minutes later, Henry played Cooper into the area and the offseason signee
slotted the ball from a difficult angle on the right past Colorado goalie Matt
Pickens and just inside the left post.
New York rookie goalie Ryan Meara made a great save on Jaime Castrillon on the
half-hour, saving a close-range header to send the Red Bulls into half with an
important two-goal lead.
Henry added a third New York goal early after half when Conde sent a long free
kick out of the back behind Colorado's defense. Henry raced into space and put
his second goal past Pickens from the left side of the area in the 53rd.
Omar Cummings pulled one goal back off a Marquez turnover in the 77th for the
Rapids, but Cooper turned Miller's cross over the line from close range in the
89th to seal New York's first win of the season and Colorado's first loss.
New York will try to build on the victory Saturday when it hosts the expansion
Montreal Impact. Colorado will try to bounce back April 1 at home against the