New York Red Bulls Vs. Colorado Rapids, 2012 MLS: Red Bulls Grab 2-0 Halftime Lead

The New York Red Bulls were hoping that playing at home for the first time this season would cure their ills of the start of the season and after 45 minutes, it look like it has. Well, either that or the Colorado Rapids are gifting them their early success, but whatever the reason, the Red Bulls are not going to complain about a 2-0 halftime lead.

Thierry Henry got the Red Bulls off to a quick start, but it was all thanks to Ross LeBeaux and the Rapids' midfielder knows it as well as anyone. Forced to start because of the absences of Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz, LeBeaux's backpass ended up being a perfect pass to Henry. The Frenchmen wasn't going to miss a chance in alone on goal and after knocking the ball past Ryan Meara, New York was in front.

Not long after, Kenny Cooper doubled the New York lead when Colorado couldn't figure out how to keep the ball then close down space. That gave Henry time to slide a ball in for Cooper, who cut back and finished well for the two-goal lead.

Colorado did begin to grab some control of the match later on, but it wasn't until they were already down 2-0 and without Conor Casey, picking up a pair in the second half looks highly unlikely.

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