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New York Red Bull fans were elated two weeks ago when, on the final day of the regular season, they thumped the Chicago Fire and won the Supporters’ Shield in front of their home fans.
The win ended 18 years of trophyless seasons for New York and was widely and deservedly celebrated.
However, one has to wonder how many people will remember that considering the Red Bulls crashed out of the playoffs, again.
A series of high-profile playoff losses in the past have had numerous scapegoats, from the weather, to Roy Miller, to the coaches, to Rafa Marquez. Those familiar scapegoats were not factors on Wednesday night, but one common denominator remains—Thierry Henry.
There is no question that Henry is world-class. Even on Wednesday, when he once again failed to score in a playoff game, his skill was evident. His first touch in the 74th minute on a long, flighted ball into the box was sublime, even if Henry did miss the ensuing shot. And his bicycle kick effort in the 90th minute had fans gasping at what might have been.
In the end, however, the only thing that matters is how many of those chances end up in the back of the net. For Henry, zero of his 10 shots over both legs of the Dynamo series went in. And in eight MLS playoff games over the course of his career, seven of them starts, Henry still only has one goal.