It was over 100 degrees on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena, the humidity was unbearable and despite dominating the Chicago Fire for more than an hour, the New York Red Bulls didn't have a lead to show for it. In short, New York was in the midst of a horrible afternoon. But then Thierry Henry got involved and scoring a tremendous goal to deliver a 1-0 win for the home side and all was well in Red Bull Land.
Chicago looked happy to play defensively, maybe out of respect for the slew of attacking talent that New York has, maybe because they they were content with a draw or maybe because they thought the Red Bulls would wear themselves out in the heat. Whatever the reason, New York had the bulk of the chances, especially through Sebastien Le Toux, who had several opportunities to give the Red Bulls the lead.
Despite their chances, the Red Bulls couldn't break through. Le Toux fired right at Sean Johnson or missed the goal all together and his teammates were much better. Their frustration got even worse when Pavel Pardo handled the ball in the box, but the referee failed to whistle for a penalty kick. Nothing was going the Red Bulls' way.
But there is that Henry fellow. In the 71st minute Le Toux hit a long diagonal ball for the Frenchman, who chested the ball down and hit a left-footed volley from a sharp angle. The ball rocketed past Johnson, hit the far post and crossed the line for a gorgeous goal. It was Henry's first tally since April 28 and more importantly, one that earned the Red Bulls a win they most definitely deserved.