MLS WRAP – Week 22: Henry on target again but NYRB held

Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry scored his 12th goal of the MLS season but could not help New York Red Bulls to a win in Week 22 action on the weekend.
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Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry scored his 12th goal of the MLS season but could not help New York Red Bulls to a win in Week 22 action on the weekend.

The Frenchman opened New York’s account in the ninth minute of the 2-2 draw with Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena when he curled Dane Richards’ tee up from outside the area into the far post giving Sean Johnson no chance.

The Fire responded just seven minutes later when Dominic Oduro netted his second goal in two games when he flicked in Patrick Nyarko’s cross from the left before Sebastian Grazzini grabbed his first MLS goal in the 24th minute with a follow-up after Chris Konopka kept out Oduro’s initial attempt.

But after taking the lead and then finding themselves behind, New York managed to take something from the match when Joel Lindpere got his sixth of the campaign with a brilliant 65th minute volley from a Richards cross.

Elsewhere in MLS, Chris Pontius scored twice as DC United hammered Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 in Washington, Columbus Crew came from behind to defeat New England Revolution 3-1 at home, Colorado Rapids beat ten man San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 despite conceding first, Houston Dynamo recorded a 2-1 result over Portland Timbers in Texas, Toronto FC downed Real Salt Lake 1-0, Sebastian Le Toux scored twice from the penalty spot as Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas drew 2-2 as Seattle Sounders and Chivas USA played a scoreless draw.

2011 MLS season – Week 22 scores

Seattle Sounders: 0
Chivas USA: 0
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA – 36,364

Toronto FC: 1 (Joao Plata 77’)
Real Salt Lake: 0
BMO Field, Toronto, ON – 21,644

Columbus Crew: 3 (Kevin Alston (og) 54’, Julius James 75’, Emilio Renteria 81’)
New England Revolution: 1 (Benny Feilhaber 45’)
Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH – 13,041

DC United: 4 (Chris Pontius 47’/70’, Andy Najar 48’, Stephen King 81’)
Vancouver Whitecaps: 0
RFK Stadium, Washington, DC – 11,738

New York Red Bulls: 2 (Thierry Henry 9’, Joel Lindpere 63’)
Chicago Fire: 2 (Dominic Oduro 16’, Sebastian Grazzini 24’)
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ – 25,177

Philadelphia Union: 2 (Sebastian Le Toux (p) 34’/(p) 86’)
FC Dallas: 2 (Maicon Santos 16’, Brek Shea 46’, red card: George John 81’)
PPL Park, Chester, PA – 18,811

San Jose Earthquakes: 1 (Joey Gjertsen 22’, red card: Sam Cronin 50’)
Colorado Rapids: 2 (Caleb Folan (p) 39’, Jeff Larentowicz 72’)
Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA – 10,525

Houston Dynamo: 2 (Adam Moffat 17’, Brian Ching 27’)
Portland Timbers: 1 (Jack Jewsbury 56’)
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX – 14,475

 
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