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New York Red Bulls vs D.C. United: Thierry Henry's Double Ignites 4-0 Victory

Cesar Diaz@@gritwriterCorrespondent IIApril 22, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Thierry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls celebrates after a goal against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on April 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Ned Dishman/Getty Images

WASHINGTON—The New York Red Bulls have outscored their opponents 7-0 over their last two games. After only producing two goals in the first four games of the 2011 MLS season, the Red Bulls for the second consecutive game have shut out their opponent.

Playing on the road, the New York Red Bulls (3-1-2) regained the Eastern Conference lead as they decimated four-time champion, D.C. United 4-0 in convincing fashion.

Excellent ball movement combined by solid defense and clutch goal keeping have helped reinforce the belief that the Red Bulls seriously contend for the 2011 MLS Cup.

For the second consecutive game, Thierry Henry has silenced his critics with a double-goal performance against D.C. United.

By scoring a header in the 12th minute of the game from a nice cross from midfielder Jan Gunnar Soli and later again in the 38th minute, Henry has registered three goals in his last two games.

Joining Thierry Henry's scoring explosion has been Jan Gunnar Solli who recorded a hat-trick with three assists of his own. Two of his three assists against D.C. United contributed to both Henry's goals.

In addition to his double-goal performance, Henry also added an assist when he beautifully lobbed the ball to Joel Lindpere. Taking advantage of the open space, Lindpere forced Clyde Simms to over-commit and moments later, Lindpere's scored first goal of the season in the 76th minute.

Despite leading comfortably with a 3-0 lead, Juan Agudelo added the exclamation point when he scored a fantastic goal in the 92nd minute of the game.

The manner that Agudelo scooped up the ball and batted in aggressively towards the back of the net further demonstrates the natural game awareness he possesses.

Next up for the Red Bulls is Sporting Kansas City who they will face on Saturday, April 30th at Red Bull Arena.

By returning home, Red Bulls fans will have the opportunity to see their team possibly have a 2-3 goal performance as they're beginning to click and run on all cylinders.

Cesar Diaz covers Soccer for LatinoSports.com. He's also a Columnist for USSoccerPlayers.com; your source for American Soccer news brought to you by members of the U.S. National Team. Easily accessible, you may reach Cesar at cesar@latinosports.com and at Twitter at @CoveringSoccer. 

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