The strike partnership of Juan Pablo Angel and Thierry Henry looked immediately and surprisingly dangerous last night in the French forward’s MLS debut in Houston.
The duo teamed up for a goal just ten minutes in, as Henry got free along the wing with a great move to beat Houston defender Adrian Serioux, swung in a cross, and Angel buried it.
When Houston midfielder Lovel Palmer was ejected late in the first half, it looked like RBNY was on its way to another road win.
Henry missed a clear breakaway early in the second half, but then he set up Angel again, in the 58th minute, springing the Colombian in the box to smash the ball home for a 2-1 Red Bulls lead.
New York would go on to miss several more chances, but still, things were looking up in MetroBull-ville, with visions of Rafael Marquez, and trophies, starting to form in the long-suffering minds of diehard fans …
… until the final minute of the game, when a longstanding franchise bugaboo—the Late Equalizer (or Winner) for the Opposition—reared its head.
Houston’s Brian Mullan headed in a long ball from right back Andrew Hainault, and the 10-man Dynamo stole two points.