Takeaways from Houston’s trip to the Big Apple

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New York Red Bulls ended Houston’s unbeaten streak on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory at Red Bull Arena, with Thierry Henry netting the winning goal just after half-time.

The result all but ends Houston’s push for a playoff berth, as they lost their first game in six in New York last night.

We take a look at what to expect from the last few games, taking into account what we saw last night:

1) Henry hitting form

King Thierry was in full flight last night and in a commanding performance, reminiscent of his Arsenal days. Sometimes playing your prized asset out on the wing can haunt you, but Henry seems to have likened to playing out wide.

He sees a lot more of the ball on the wing, and with two holding midfielders he is allowed the freedom to cause havoc to opposing defences.

We expect Henry to play a huge part in any Red Bull title push, as he has always shined on the big occasion.

2) On a silver platter

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Houston lacked conviction in their approach last night and were punished for a negative tactical approach. They invited the Red Bull’s onto them all night and were punished for doing so.

On another night this would have been a blow out, however, New York strike sensation Bradley Wright-Phillips was far from his best.

We question where Dynamo go from here, knowing that a playoff place is all but gone for them. Coach, Dominic Kinnear, got it wrong last night and Houston should have been looking for a win and not sitting so far deep.

3) Red Bull gives you wings

In contrast to the Dynamo, New York have an attacking force that can open up any defence in the league.

With Thierry Henry and Lloyd Sam on the flanks they have all the firepower to stretch teams and allow Wright-Phillips all the space he needs.

As mentioned before BWP was off his game last night and should all three of this Red Bull attack hit full flight, New York can take off.

Next Fixtures:

09/10/14 Toronto FC vs Houston Dynamo

12/10/14 Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

About Jamie Ives (324 Articles)
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