Thierry Henry was more relieved than anything to help New York Red Bull to their first victory of the campaign on the weekend.
The former Arsenal star replaced Tim Cahill just before the hour-mark after recovering from a knee sprain to score the winner in the 82nd minute in the 2-1 success over Philadelphia Union, giving head coach Mike Petke his first triumph in charge.
“We needed to win,” said Henry. “The league is pretty long, it doesn’t also mean that if you start badly, you’re going to finish badly or vice-versa. I think the most important thing today was to win, no matter how.
“I thought we played well. I think having said that, we still conceded a goal. I don’t think we did deserve to concede one, but then again we did concede one. We tried to knock on the door so many times to score goals. Dax (McCarty) scored a great goal, great finish. We had a couple of chances to go to 2-1 and we didn’t take them, and finally in the end we scored on a great move.”