New York Red Bulls Vs. D.C. United: Thierry Henry Scores Two As Red Bulls Romp To 4-0 Victory

The Frenchman's second and third goals of the MLS season propel New York to a 4-0 victory at RFK.

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New York Red Bulls Vs. D.C. United: Red Bulls Charge To 4-0 Win

D.C. United suffered their first home loss of the 2011 MLS season Thursday night, falling to the New York Red Bulls 4-0 in front of 18,052 expectant (and ultimately disappointed) fans at RFK.

In the first half, United's young defense, which featured rookie Perry Kitchen as the starting centerback for the first time since the March 19 season opener, was twice victimized after losing track of New York's star French striker, Thierry Henry. The former Arsenal and Barcelona man broke the scoreless deadlock in the 12th minute, when he was on the end of Jan Gunnar Solli's cross from the right wing. With Dejan Jakovic caught ball-watching, Henry was able to easily head home his second goal of the MLS season.

He added his third in the 38th minute, smashing a loose ball in the D.C. United penalty area past Bill Hamid after Solli simply outmuscled Marc Burch to a dinked ball from Dane Richards at the edge of the area. The Norwegian's centering pass deflected off Kitchen, who was caught ball-watching along with Jakovic and utterly lost sight of Henry. The striker duly ran on to the loose ball and made no mistake.

Ben Olsen rang the changes at halftime, as Branko Boskovic came on for the subpar Dax McCarty after the break and Joseph Ngwenya replaced Charlie Davies, who had his first real disappointing outing in MLS, at the hour mark. Boskovic had a chance to pull a goal back for the home side, but he banged a free kick off the crossbar in the 73rd minute.

New York put the result beyond doubt in the 76th minute, as Henry found Lindpere breaking into the United half. The Estonian required only a simple drag back to leave Clyde Simms sprawling in the dust before finishing past Hamid.

It was substitute Juan Agudelo who provided the finishing touch in the 91st minute, somehow breaking free of Jakovic to deftly lift another great ball from Solli over the outstretched arms of Bill Hamid and into the net.

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New York Red Bulls Vs. D.C. United: Thierry Henry's Double Has New York Up 2-0 At Half

We are at halftime here at RFK Stadium, and so far D.C. United have simply been unable to cope with Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls. The star French striker has scored the only two goals of  the first half as the Red Bulls have a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes.

Henry's first goal came in the 12th minute, as he somehow managed to ghost into the United penalty area and earn himself a free header, which he duly converted off an excellent cross from Jan Gunnar Solli. United coach Ben Olsen will no doubt ask questions, however, as to exactly how Marc Burch allowed the defenseman Solli to have so much space down the right side.

Just when it appeared that D.C. United would be able to get to halftime down just 1-0, Henry took advantage of a disastrous mix-up in the home defense to put New York 2-0 up in the 38th minute. Dane Richards dropped a ball into the penalty area for Solli, who simply outmuscled the unfortunate Burch for the ball and nudged it toward Bill Hamid's net. Ever the poacher, Henry screamed into the area and banged the loose ball into the net to double United's trouble.

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New York Red Bulls Vs. D.C. United: Perry Kitchen Starts For United; Red Bulls Unchanged

D.C. United coach Ben Olsen makes one change to the starting 11 that defeated Toronto FC 3-0 on Saturday, as he brings Perry Kitchen into the team to partner Dejan Jakovic at center back. Fred makes a second straight start on the right side of midfield, while Santino Quaranta is dropped to the bench.

Hans Backe's New York Red Bulls side are unchanged from their 3-0 win Saturday over the San Jose Earthquakes.

D.C. United Starting Lineup: Bill Hamid (GK), Chris Korb, Dejan Jakovic, Perry Kitchen, Marc Burch, Fred, Clyde Simms, Dax McCarty (Captain), Chris Pontius, Charlie Davies, Josh Wolff.

Substitutes: Pat Onstad, Ethan White, Brandon Barklage, Branko Boskovic, Santino Quaranta, Andy Najar, Joseph Ngwenya

New York Red Bulls Starting Lineup: Bouna Coundoul (GK), Jan Gunnar Solli, Roy Miller, Rafael Marquez, Tim Ream, Teemu Taino, Joel Lindpere, Dwayne De Rosario, Dane Richards, Luke Rodgers, Thierry Henry (Captain).

Substitutes: Greg Sutton (GK), Stephen Keel, Matt Kassel, Carl Robinson, John Rooney, Mehdi Ballouchy, Juan Agudelo.

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New York Red Bulls Vs. D.C. United: Ben Olsen And Company Look To Stop Thierry Henry

D.C. United will hope to continue the theme of handing New York teams heartbreaking losses tonight at RFK Stadium as they host Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls. The Black-and-Red is looking to build on last Saturday night's 3-0 success at Toronto FC and vault into second place in the Eastern Conference with a win.

New York Red Bulls (2-1-2) at D.C. United (2-2-1)

Time: 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21

Place: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV: ESPN2.

Team News and Tactics

D.C. United: Ben Olsen is expected to hand Charlie Davies a second consecutive start up front after Davies scored United's second goal (and his league-leading 5th of the season) in Saturday's whitewash against Toronto FC. Perry Kitchen (stomach flu) appears well enough to return to the starting lineup after playing 26 uneventful minutes as a substitute last Saturday, while Santino Quaranta is eligible to return to the line-up after serving his one-game suspension for getting sent off on April 9 against Los Angeles. If Ben Olsen does ring these changes, look for Kitchen to take the place of Ethan White in central defense, while Fred should make way for Quaranta on the right side of midfield. Otherwise, don't look for Olsen to deviate from the 4-4-2 formation that was so successful for United on Saturday.

New York: Hans Backe has vouched for the fitness of both Henry and left-sided midfielder Joel Lindpere, so it seems very likely that the Red Bulls will name an unchanged starting eleven from the side that beat San Jose 3-0 on Saturday. The Red Bulls have had great success so far this season with strikers Henry and Luke Rodgers (as well as Juan Agudelo off the bench) leading the line in front of a midfield diamond, with Dwayne De Rosario pushing forward in attack, Lindpere and Dane Richards providing pace from the wings, and Teemu Tainio performing the holding role in front of the Red Bulls back four.

Key to the Game

Start Well: While it's not likely that United will match last Saturday's start, when they were 2-up inside ten minutes, it is vital that United give as good as they get in the early stages when it comes to attacking the goal. Remember, New York was 2-up inside 15 minutes against San Jose.

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