Major League Soccer 2012, Week 8: What We Learned

HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 28: Thierry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls is helped off the field in pain after injuring his leg against the New England Revolution during the game at Red Bull Arena on April 28, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Week 8 in MLS had plenty of late game drama, missed penalty kicks and one big injury to Thierry Henry.

Late-game heroics, missed penalties, crazy goals and heartbreak highlighted Week 8 in Major League Soccer.

History was also served this week as a franchise-record shutout streak came to an end, two teams set marks for futility and one hit the century mark in games played.

After the dust all settled on this week, the biggest story may have been about the league's goal-scoring leader and his injury. We will have to wait and see what it means for his club going forward as well as what it will mean for the rest of the league.

Henry on the mend

Take one look at the New York Red Bulls injury report and you will be amazed. Big names all around but more importantly key names in the attack and defense headline that list. But none is bigger than the league's leading goal scorer getting his name added to the injury report. Thierry Henry contributed a game-winner against the New England Revolution on Saturday but 20 minutes later he was down on the pitch in pain.

His hamstring injury will put him on the shelf for at least three to four weeks. Manager Hans Backe called it a very serious injury for the French star.

Henry will now miss key games coming up against the Galaxy, and Eastern Conference rivals Houston and Philadelphia.

Henry's nine goals and five assists will certainly be missed for New York. Even though they beat the Revs on Saturday, you could tell their offense took a beating when Henry went down. Kenny Cooper may have seven goals to his name this season but he was ineffective without his strike partner up top and once again the wide players in Dane Richards and Joel Lindpere failed to contribute anything of note.

Dramatics for Western Conference clubs

The phrase leaving it late seems to be a normal thing for some clubs this season. In Week 8, it was there once again to help a couple clubs secure points while frustrating their opposition.

The flair for late-game dramatics is usually a sign of a good team getting points or, even better, a win regardless of how their play was, while for the other side it is a letdown to say the very least. Out west, the LA Galaxy rode a stoppage time goal from Chad Barrett to tie FC Dallas 1-1. The Galaxy got the game-tying goal from from veteran reserve player Pat Noonan. Yes, not David Beckham, Landon Donovan or Robbie Keane on the goal but Noonan.

Good thing Noonan came through for the Galaxy too because all the fuss would have really been over the penalty kick miss by Keane rather than the game-tying goal.

In Salt Lake, another unlikely hero emerged as Jonny Steele found the back of the net in stoppage time for Real Salt Lake as they shocked Toronto FC 3-2. The term shocked is used merely because Toronto was so close to their first point of the season. Now the Reds stare at history in the worst kind of way in the form of matching the league's all-time mark for worst start to a season at 0-7-0. Ouch.

Finally, not to be out done by their fellow Western rivals was the San Jose Earthquakes. The Quakes rode two goals from Steven Lenhart, including a stoppage-time goal to beat the Philadelphia Union on the road at PPL Park.

Frank Yallop's side continues to impress with more dramatic wins. Now that Lenhart is contributing along side Marvin Chavez and Chris Wondolowski, you have to really enjoy the kind of turnaround this club has gone through.

Wondergoals by Lee and Pappa

Jay DeMerit called the 1-0 win for the Vancouver Whitecaps over the Columbus Crew ugly, just plain ugly. But he couldn't help but be happy with his teammate Young-Pyo Lee, who found the back of the net on a brilliant free kick. His far post strike was good enough to give the Whitecaps their sixth shutout of the season.

Lee's goal certainly wasn't the only crazy moment of this game though as both Eddie Gavin and Josh Williams had goals called back within minutes of one another.

But not to be outdone by Lee's free kick was Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa. The Fire lost to the Seattle Sounders 2-1 thanks to an own-goal and Eddie Johnson's first MLS strike since 2007. But it was Pappa who brought the highlight to this one at Toyota Park.

Pappa scored the 'olimpico' goal to get the Fire on the board. For those who aren't familiar with the olimpico goal, that is when you score directly on a corner kick.


Impact stay unbeaten at the Big O

Want to talk heartbreakers at the moment? Look no further than to the Portland Timbers who are now 2-5-1 on the season. The Timbers gave up two late goals against the Montreal Impact to drop to that mark. Bernardo Corradi (from the spot) and Sinisa Ubiparipovic found the back of the net for the Impact, who remain undefeated at home this season (2-0-1).

This is big trouble for the Timbers. They've given up a league-high seven goals now in the final 15 minutes of the game and are looking more like an expansion team than they ever did last year during their inaugural season.

Still, with all of that the Impact aren't happy with the 2-0 win. Jesse Marsch told reporters after the match that his club can still play better than they did. I can't blame him really for those comments as his club has still failed to really put a full 90 minutes together this season. But for an expansion team, they'll take the wins when they can get them, no matter how ugly they were.

Rocky Mountain beating

All season long Chivas USA had out done themselves away from the Home Depot Center. But all of that came to a crashing thud on Saturday in Commerce City as the Colorado Rapids absolutely owned them for 90 minutes in a 4-0 beating.

This game had all the makings of a nail-biter until rookie Tony Cascio rifled a shot by Dan Kennedy. Moments later Kamani Hill and Omar Cummings put the Rapids up even further while Jeff Larentowicz added his own to the mix.

After stumbling down the pipe for a few games the Rapids got exactly what they needed. But the biggest news may have been in stoppage time for Oscar Pareja's bunch when Conor Casey made his long awaited debut this season. Casey is coming off a nasty injury that he suffered late last season. Having him back will certainly be a lift as he works towards being able to go the full 90 here.

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