One week of the 2011 season is in the books, and there are a lot of exciting storylines developing so far, and MLSsoccer.com has them all summed up for you. Most importantly, the Red Bulls have their first three points of the season. The Red Bulls next match is in Ohio on Saturday evening against the Columbus Crew for their home opener, and I will point out all you need to know for that one later on in the week. For now, here is some round-up from both your own New York Red Bulls and the rest of the league.
- Thierry Henry ails again
It is certainly not the news anyone wanted to hear merely one game into the new season, but Thierry Henry’s hamstring is once again nagging him. At some point during Saturday’s match, he pulled his hamstring. Last season, Henry dealt with that injury throughout his midseason tenure with the club but had hoped it was all behind him with a full preseason. His performance on Saturday was overall rather solid, though several of his goal attempts seemed week. Being on the wrong side of thirty and having nagging injuries is rarely much of a good thing, so this will become a wait-and-see game as the season progresses.
- Goal of the Week
MLSsoccer.com holds a weekly poll amongst fans to decide what was the “Goal of the Week”, and this week, our very own Juan Agudelo features in the poll. He features against Juninho (LA), Maicon Santos (TOR), Milton Rodriguez (DAL), and Jamie Smith (COL). The webpage also features a nice video where one can watch all the nominees in succession. Hometown bias aside, there are some excellent goals on the docket for this opening weekend of the season, which is very encouraging for a rising level of play in MLS; even still, I have to give the nod to Agudelo – the 1-2 combo of Tainio’s excellent pass and Agudelo’s scorching shot is simply unmatched in this week’s crop.
- Missed this week’s action?
If you were unable to catch the Red Bulls this week, MLSsoccer.com features an excellent seven-minute highlight reel of the Red Bulls match which will bring you right up to speed with all the elation and heartbreak. Also, MLSsoccer.com is featuring an excellent, five-part series entitled “The MLS Review Show” that covers each match for the week to bring you up to speed on everything that happened in the opening weekend. The quality of the show is top-notch, featuring excellent production values all around. If you have some time to spare during the week, take the time to sit down and watch.
- From the oddball files: Chad Ochocinco trying out for Sporting KC
Now that the NFL is in full-on lockout mode, the players are free to do what they please. Famed Bengals wide-receiver Chad Ochocinco (as of publication, this is still his official last name) has taken it to a whole new level, having been granted a four-day trial with Sporting KC starting March 22. Apparently Ochocinco is a big soccer fan and actually played soccer for a significant portion of his life, referring to it as his second sport behind, of course, football. Varying opinions abound about this tryout, but it does add more exposure to the league which can only be a good thing.