Thierry Henry wasted no time in grabbing his first goal for the New York Red Bulls but was unable to prevent his side from slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham in the Barclays New York Challenge.
The former France striker slid in to convert a Joel Lindpere cross in the 24th minute and open his Red Bulls account. Henry – who arrived for his debut on a commuter train – was clearly a hit with the 20,000-strong crowd as his every touch was cheered before he was substituted at halftime.
"I was on the PATH train with my friends and with all the fans," the former Arsenal captain said. "For me, it was the quickest way to come to the game, and that's how I came. It was cool.
“It was amazing to see the fans, walking with them to the stadium. I would say that the reception was tremendous every time I touched the ball."
Unfortunately for the Red Bulls they were unable to hold on to the lead given to them by their new No 14 as Robbie Keane and Gareth Bale bagged second-half goals for Spurs. But goalscorer Keane was left in no doubt that Henry will prove a success in the States.
"He was a tough player over there," Keane said. "I'm sure he'll be a tough player over here, as well."
Next up for the Red Bulls is a game against Manchester City on July 25.