Thierry Henry got the better of former Premier League rival David Beckham in Major League Soccer action on Tuesday night.
The home side took the lead in the 32nd minute when former Notts County striker Luke Rodgers used his predatory instincts to flick past Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts from close range after he had kept out Jan Gunnar Solli’s header from a corner.
Just five minutes later, New York’s Joel Lindpere found Henry in the centre of the penalty area with the Frenchman laying off for Rodgers but his shot was drilled into the upright after beating Ricketts.
However, the Red Bulls got their reward on the hour-mark when Rafael Marquez played in Henry and the former Barcelona man finished with precision from an angle for his 14th of the season.
He also hit the post after scoring with an unlucky attempt in the 80th minute after he stripped Beckham outside the area before the stand-in Galaxy captain was denied by Red Bulls keeper Frank Rost with his 84th minute free-kick.
The win now has New York up to fourth on the Eastern Conference table, just a point behind third-placed Columbus Crew, whilst the Galaxy’s loss kept them seven points clear of 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup winners Seattle Sounders in the West.