Petke lauds defensive-minded NYRB ace Henry

Thierry Henry was on target again as New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC 2-0.

Thierry Henry was on target again as New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC 2-0.

The French striker got on the end of a pinpoint Dax McCarty ball to slot home just after the hour-mark at BMO Field for his ninth of the season but it was his defensive work in assisting his teammates that really impressed head coach Mike Petke.

“Thierry’s goal the last two weeks is a product of everybody behind him and the quality that he has, of course, at the end of it. It’s great to have him scoring two weeks in a row, but I’m equally as pleased as what he’s doing aside from the goals,” said Petke.

“You saw him tonight, Thierry Henry, sprinting back 40 yards, four or five different times into our half to defend. It’s phenomenal.”

New York have saluted in their past three outings and midfielder McCarty puts their winning form down to the playing group and coaching staff galvanising after a recent tiff between Henry and Petke.

“For me, it’s not just Mike and Thierry. It’s every team I’ve been on that if there’s been a little disagreement in training, where things have gotten heated, every week that that’s happened the team has played well and come out the next week and won, so now we’re building off these wins and trying to get a little snowball effect,” he offered.

The Red Bulls now sit three points clear on top of the Eastern Conference table and third on overall MLS standings.

 
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