MLS Regular Season
Houston Dynamo pulled out a breathtaking 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls on
Saturday night at Robertson Stadium, using a last-minute goal from substitute
Brian Mullan to thrill a crowd of 24,750 and spoil the Major League Soccer
debut of French superstar Thierry Henry.
crowd of 24,750 was the 10th highest in Dynamo history at Robertson Stadium and
a season high, more than New York’s crowd of 20,312 for Thierry Henry’s debut
on July 22.
The New York Red Bulls geared up on Friday for Saturday’s road match in Houston with a practice focused on technique and tactical specifics gearing up for the Dynamo. The focus on situational scenarios and finishing emphasized two key areas as New York worked on cutting down on individual mistakes.
The Red Bulls have not won a league match in more than a month and have not taken three points on the road in their last five travels. The loss to Columbus on the road two weeks ago still leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the Red Bulls.
Thierry Henry will "absolutely" start in his MLS league debut on Saturday in Houston, according to New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe. Though he likely will not go a full 90.
"If we’re lucky, perhaps 60 minutes,” Backe said of how long he expects the French superstar to play at Robertson Stadium. Both Backe and Henry estimate it will be 2-3 weeks until New York's newest DP will be fully fit.
The Houston Dynamo know they will have their hands full as the New York Red Bulls come to town on Saturday with their newest
designated player, Thierry Henry, seeking to make his MLS debut.
Henry put together two solid
performances for New York in a pair of exhibitions last week, when he partnered with
Macoumba Kandji. However, the likely
pairing against Houston will include Henry and Juan Pablo Angel.
All-time record: New York leads 4-2-5 (3-2-4 regular season)
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“This is one that we just have to throw away,” said midfielder Brad Davis. “We’ve been doing it all year - hurting ourselves - and that’s what we did again here tonight.”
Houston Dynamo went down to a 3-0 defeat to the Eastern Conference-leading
Columbus Crew Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, completing an exhausting
stretch of four games in 10 days. The Dynamo now get a much-needed week off
before hosting New York on Saturday, July 31, at Robertson Stadium.
Emilio Renteria capitalized on an error by goalkeeper Tally Hall in the first half, and the Columbus Crew took advantage of the short-handed for two late scores in a comfortable 3-0 victory on Saturday at Crew Stadium.
With the Houston Dynamo
currently on the outside looking in at the playoff race, every match
becomes that much more critical, including Saturday night’s showdown with
the Columbus Crew, the top team in the Eastern Conference.