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MLS Game Summary - Colorado at New York



(Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: New York 3, Colorado 1

Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Thierry Henry scored his second goal of the season to lead Red Bull New York to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer actions at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

Henry struck 17 minutes into the game to put New York in front, while Tim Ream tallied the first Major League Soccer goal of his career in the 32nd minute.

Omar Cummings responded with a fantastic strike shortly after halftime, but Dane Richards restored the two-goal lead just six minutes later to help New York win for the fourth time in its last six games.

"I was very pleased with our first half," New York coach Hans Backe said. "We definitely showed quality in the attacking game, and the way we defended individually. We could definitely see that Thierry [Henry] could do his runs and repeat them much more than before, so he's definitely getting fresher legs for every game, so that's a good sign."

Henry nearly opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he flashed a shot through the face of goal and just past the far post.

However, he was on target two minutes later after a one-two with Joel Lindpere put him into the penalty area on the left. Henry was left with a shot from a tight angle but he managed to squeeze the ball inside the far post.

A free kick from Rafael Marquez set up the second goal as the ball was played to Tony Tchani at the back post. He then volleyed the ball back across the goal to Ream, who was left with an easy finish from close range.

"For some reason today, I felt fresh, even before coming into the game," Henry said. "It was the first time I didn't feel tired before the game. We had a great understanding with Rafa [Marquez] and the set up with Tony [Tchani] also. That's part of my game to go behind the defense and I couldn't do it before. I was more available for the guys out there on the field. So, I think it always can be impressive if it could stay like this."

Mehdi Ballouchy struck the post for the Rapids early in the second half, but Cummings pulled the visitors to within a goal five minutes later when he unleashed a rocket from 35 yards that struck the underside of the crossbar and found its way into the net.

"Definitely a tough game," Cummings said. "I think we went down early, two goals in New York, with the attacking lineup that they have, that's going to be tough for any team in the league. I think if we at least went in at halftime without them scoring, or if the game was even, then we would have had a better chance of winning the game."

But Richards secured all three points for his team shortly before the hour mark when he collected a loose ball at the edge of the penalty area and cut back past a defender before lifting a shot inside the left post.

"I'm actually really pleased, certainly with our second half performance," Colorado coach Gary Smith said. "I thought the guys showed a hell of a lot of determination. The score line didn't necessarily reflect the competition that we showed in the game. But what we all know is that when we go away from home, refereeing decisions, clinical finishing, making sure that we show a better defensive edge are all very, very important points."

09/11 20:19:18 ET