Henry shines in debut, but loses 2-1

Thierry Henry shined in limited play for the New York Red Bulls, but Tottenham ultimately won the first match of the Barclays New York Challenge, 2-1.

Playing in his first match for RBNY, Henry repeatedly showed off the skill that made him such a star for clubs like Arsenal and Barcelona in the past. The Frenchman put a shot on goal in the seventh minute and started a potential goal-scoring sequence in the 13th minute that resulted in Seth Stammler missing a sitter in front of an empty Tottenham net.

Henry scored for the Red Bulls in the 26th minute. Joel Lindpere used some crafty dribbling to get a good cross in from the left corner, and a sliding Henry redirected it towards the far post, putting New York up 1-0. The 32-year old forward would get subbed out after a half of play.

The 20,312 fans in attendance were loud for the majority of the match, and you could hear the excitement each time Henry touched the ball. It would only present a glimpse of the future as the Red Bulls were playing without star forward Juan Pablo Angel, who has scored nine goals in MLS competition this year and is expected to star in the forward spot opposite Henry.

Tottenham managed to put together some dangerous opportunities in the first half, but couldn’t link up on a number of passes in the attacking third throughout the opening 45 minutes. However, a pair of defensive miscues midway through the second half provided the impetus for both Spurs goals.

In the 62nd minute, Andros Townsend curved a ball into the box off of a corner kick. Tony Tchani slightly deflected the kick with his head, and the ball went through the hands of RBNY keeper Greg Sutton, landing at the feet of Robbie Keane, who cleanly finished for the tying goal.

Ten minutes later, Red Bull defender Jeremy Hall lightly headed a ball towards a Sutton, Gareth Bale beat the keeper to the ball and headed the ball down, causing it to weakly roll into the goal for the match’s final tally.

The New York Challenge will continue tomorrow night with Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon at Red Bull Arena. The event will finish Sunday as RBNY will face Man City and Tottenham will match up with Lisbon.

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