Since arriving in Major League Soccer three years ago, Thierry Henry has become one of the most contentious players in the league.
On the one hand, Henry can appear disinterested in games and has struggled come playoff time, scoring only one goal in six MLS playoff games.
On the other hand, he has scored 14 and 15 goals in the last two seasons, respectively, and has repeatedly shown his class with some of the best goals in MLS history.
Here are five of his best.
Unfortunately, this game had already gotten well out of hand for the New York Red Bulls by the time Thierry Henry produced this beauty. Down 4-0, New York was awarded a free kick just outside D.C. United's penalty area in the 72nd minute.
On a fantastic effort, Henry put the ball up and over the wall for the goal. His muted celebration reflected the lack of impact the goal had on the game, but it was still one to remember.
On this goal, Thierry Henry produced the game-winning goal in the 71st minute to help the New York Red Bulls pull out a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.
With a deft touch taking down a perfect pass from teammate Sebastien Le Toux, Henry scored from an impossible angle. He put the ball off the far post and in, leaving Sean Johnson—one of the best shot-stoppers in MLS—splayed across the ground in front of the net.
The commentary after the goal says it all, "It’s not gonna get any better than that—world class.”
Thierry Henry opened his 2013 account with this gem against the Philadelphia Union. With one touch, Henry took the ball out of the air while being closed down by two defenders. With his second touch, he fired the ball home on the full volley. It was a thing of beauty.
For his effort, Henry was awarded MLS Goal of the Week, beating out four other memorable goals, including a bicycle kick by Jose Villarreal, a wonder strike by Dillon Powers, a powerful run and finish by Graham Zusi and a full-volleyed effort by Eric Avila.
When you do this in your Sunday league game, all your teammates know that you were really just trying to cross the ball and happened to get lucky. When Thierry Henry does it, nobody asks him if that was what he was trying to do.
As the announcer said afterwards, “This is not an accident…Thierry Henry knew exactly what he was trying to do…He was going for goal.”
Scoring from a corner kick, also known as an Olimpico, is one of the rarest and most difficult feats in the game.
Playing the Montreal Impact in Week 11 of the MLS season, the New York Red Bulls were up a goal in the 87th minute. Henry sealed the deal with this wonder goal, a bicycle kick to kill off any chance of a Montreal comeback.
Again, the commentary says it all. "Absolutely world-class. Goal of the Year, goal of the Decade.”
Henry was awarded MLS Goal of the Week again, the fourth time he has won the award.
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