Thierry Henry: Proponent of va va voom. Scorer of beautiful goals. Master of understatement?
Henry, the man and myth who became a legend with Arsenal and France for scoring classics like this, this and this, knocked in another memorable strike Saturday night. With his New York Red Bulls leading the Columbus Crew late in the second half of an MLS match, the 35-year-old Henry curled a corner kick directly into the Crew's net.
So, a big-time goal demands a big-time statement afterward, right? Um, nope. Here's what Henry said, via the New York Daily News:
“I’ve scored some OK goals in my career. But I have to say, this one is not a bad one.”
Indeed, Thierry. It wasn't bad at all.
This shot, known in Latin America as an olimpico, requires the shooter to overcome a basically impossible angle. But as Henry has shown repeatedly throughout his career, the laws of physics and the universe don't necessarily matter when scoring is possible.
So, then. Did Henry mean it? Was he actually going for goal?
As Dirty Tackle points out, the Crew's keeper was backup Matt Lampson, and he had just entered the match moments earlier. From the footage, it looks like Henry had planned on taking the corner short right before changing his mind.
Here's another look at the goal, to help you make up your mind.
In the meantime, Henry now has 13 league goals this season, fourth-best in MLS. The Red Bulls trail Kansas City by two points for the Eastern Conference lead.