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Thierry Henry adds to the drama around Red Bull Arena

Thierry Henry

New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry and FC Dallas players, rear, walk off the field following their MLS soccer match, Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


The New York Red Bulls need more March drama like the world needs another Kardashian.

And yet …

“We do talk about some things before the beginning of the game – how we’re going to play and we don’t do it. It’s frustrating.”

That’s from Henry, speaking today at the club’s training complex at Upper Montclair, N.J. Kristian Dyer has the story at

On the one hand, he’s talking. And being honest. That’s a plus. On the other ... add this to the growing list of early kerfuffle at Red Bull Arena. Sigh.

The story includes Henry’s vague admonitions of not working hard enough, not following the game plan, etc. It talks about Henry dropping way, way, way back into the midfield to collect possession. The fabled French striker does this occasionally, but not to such eye-popping extent as Sunday.

The piece doesn’t say exactly what this thoroughly reviewed game plan was.

From where I sat Sunday, well above the team benches at FC Dallas Stadium, the problem looked tactical. With Dax McCarty and Teemu Tainio playing more or less side-by-side in Hans Backe’s 4-4-2, and with Dane Richards remaining out wide right as he usually does, there was no central, linking presence to help bring Henry into the game. There was a big gap between New York’s central midfield duo and striker Juan Agudelo, with only Dallas’ Daniel Hernandez and Andrew Jacobson in between, waiting and willing to intercept or harass.

New York had lots of possession, but not much of it in dangerous spots. Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was fairly inactive over the game’s first 60-70 minutes.

The Red Bulls really need a creator. I doubt it’s going to be Rafa Marquez (once he returns from suspension). Not that he can’t do it; I’m just not sure he has the legs or the desire to push into higher spots and then reliably track back to fill gaps for the competent Tainio.

So check back. Red Bull Arena appears to be an area of high drama activity these days.