Thierry Henry’s MLS debut for New York Red Bulls as they took on the Dynamo. Pretty good start for the former Arsenal man as he assisted on both goals by Juan Pablo Angel. Get used to hear these guys names mentioned in tandem a lot.
He had a golden opportunity to get on the board in the 41st minute after Angel’s clever flick sent him on a one on one situation with Tally Hall but he pulled the trigger too early and his shot trickled wide. It was an absolute sitter.
Referee Paul Ward had a momentary lapse of reason/judgment in the 44th minute when he sent off Lovel Palmer for tackling Carlos Mendes when there was absolutely no contact made- it was not even close. Just a shocking decision. The Dynamo had to play the next half shorthanded.
Mendes was also involved in the Dynamo’s equalizer as Joseph Ngwenya was brought down by the Red Bulls defender after a goalmouth scramble. Brad Davis converted the spot kick. But he was found errant in a redux when Brian Ching was brought down by Tim Ream in the box- blasting the ball over after trying to out think Bouna Coundoul.
It was left to veteran Brian Mullan to deliver the final highlight of the match and it was a memorable one when he headed home in the 90th minute from a Andrew Hainault cross to even the match.