Thierry Henry had what could only nicely be described as a non-descript 2013 debut last weekend for the New York Red Bulls as they tied the Portland Timbers 3-3.
Henry was not involved in any of the Red Bulls’ goals, floated in and out of the match and wasted his best chance of the evening—a breakaway—with a terrible first touch.
In New York’s three-man frontline, Henry spent most of the game out on the left side. If he does so again as the Red Bulls take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night, he will likely be facing off against MLS journeyman Ty Harden.
Harden, who only made five MLS starts last season and has only found regular playing time in one of his seven MLS seasons, was slotted in at right-back in the Earthquakes' opening weekend home loss to Real Salt Lake last weekend.
Harden only made the starting lineup because 2012 MLS All-Star right-back Steve Beitashour is still recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery and first-choice replacement Dan Gargan injured his quadriceps.
If Harden gets the start again, Henry could cause the Earthquakes' backline all sorts of problems. That is, of course, assuming Henry is in the mood to put out a full-fledged effort this weekend.