Thierry Henry is set to play at Gillette Stadium for the first time in his career in what could be his final game. But he wants his New York Red Bulls teammates to remain calm as they look to overturn the 2-1 first-leg loss against the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference final.
But they couldn’t get the second goal and a late Revs tap-in has left the Red Bulls in quite a predicament.
“It’s a tough one but you just want to keep your composure and make sure you don’t go forward too early [in the second-leg] and keep your shape,” Henry told reporters after the defeat.
“We came back into the game and it looked like we were going to be the team that was going to score, and that’s how it is when you play these types of games.
“If it stayed 1-1 it wouldn’t have been that bad. Now it is a bad result.We’ve left ourselves in a situation where we need to go and make history at their place.”
The 37-year-old has never played on an artificial surface since joining the Red Bulls in 2010 due to problems with his Achilles but he confirmed that he will play at Gillette Stadium for next week’s crucial clash.
“I’m playing. You happy?” Henry told the media after the game.
“The only thing is if my Achilles don’t last, then I will be on holiday if we don’t go through. I’m sure guys wouldn’t care if I can walk or not after that. That’s just the way it is.”
The Frenchman may be played in a more central role as Bradley Wright-Phillips is set to miss out after being booked in the first-leg for obstructing goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Will the Red Bulls be able to overturn the 2-1 deficit to make it to the MLS Cup Final?
Highlights of the first-leg (via MLS on YouTube):