Henry Sets up Two, Misses Breakaway, in MLS Debut

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.

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