Thierry Henry became the first player in five years to record a hat trick in the MLS when he scored three times to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
The three goals in Montreal give Henry five goals in his past two games. The Red Bulls forward has been on a spectacular run, and on Monday he earned his second MLS Player of the Week award in a row.
The last player to record a hat trick in MLS play was midfielder Amado Guevara against Kansas City on October 14, 2006.
New York is now 2-2-0 on the season, and that’s in large part because of Henry’s outstanding play. Against Montreal, his first two goals against the Impact came at crucial moments in the match.
Montreal scored first in the 19th minute, when Sanna Nyassi claimed a deflected pass and shot past the diving Ryan Mear.
But eight minutes later, Rafa Marquez, the Red Bulls midfielder, floated a perfect pass toward the penalty spot, between two Impact defenders. Henry headed the ball perfectly toward the pitch, and it bounced past Donovan Picketts, the Impact goalkeeper, into the lower left corner.
The Impact took the lead again in the 38th minute, but just before halftime Dax McCarty earned New York a penalty kick when Matteo Ferrari slid into him in the box. Kenny Cooper took the penalty shot and put it past Ricketts to tie the match at 2-2 going into halftime.
In the second half, it was all Red Bulls. Henry went back to work in the 56th minute with a strong shot off the right foot from the top of the box to break the tie. The goal came off a steal by McCarty. He made a crisp feed to Henry, who collected the pass with his back to the goal. He spun and fired, nailing the goal just inside the left post.
The Red Bulls scored again in the 72nd minute when substitute Mehdi Ballouchy redirected a pretty back-heel pass from Henry past Ricketts.
Henry completed his hat trick in the 89th minute, playing a deflection from point-blank range into the empty net.
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