Henry to miss Galaxy game after all

The Frenchman is out injured, the Red Bulls announced today:

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Thierry Henry will miss the New York Red Bulls’ high-profile game against the Los Angeles Galaxy and David Beckham on Friday night because of a sprained right knee.

The Red Bulls said Tuesday that the French forward had sprained the medial collateral ligament in the knee during a Sept. 4 loss at Real Salt Lake. He played with the injury last week and incurred a $2,000 fine for a celebratory kick following teammate Mehdi Ballouchy’s goal, a kick that sent the ball into Kevin Hartman and injured the Dallas goalkeeper’s knee.

“We spoke to Thierry Monday and we decided that it was the best course of action for his
health and for our club to rest him this week,” Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler said.
“Despite the attention surrounding this Friday’s match, we did not want to exacerbate
Thierry’s current injury that he has been playing and practicing with over the past two weeks. We want to ensure that he is healthy for our final matches as we hope to qualify for the playoffs and make a run towards the MLS Cup.”

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, what do you think about this?

    Beckham to attend final

    Trinidad & Tobago Guardian September 21, 2010

    Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder, David Beckham will attend the final of the Fifa Under-17 Womens World Cup at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Saturday. The former England international will arrive in T&T on Friday to attend the launch of a football festival which is being conducted and co-ordinated by the David Beckham Academy.

    The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan player will be fulfilling a long-standing personal commitment to Fifa vice-president and Concacaf president Jack Warner by bringing his academy to the islands and providing football and life skills programmes as well as coaching workshops to almost 200 young players and coaches.

    The two discussed the proposed project at the Fifa World Cup 2010 Final Draw in Cape Town last December. The six days of activity will take place both in Trinidad and Tobago with Beckham kicking off the week with a football festival at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya on Sunday. Speaking about his forthcoming visit, Beckham, who visited T&T in 2008 with the England team for a friendly international against T&T at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, said: T&T has produced some excellent players over the years and it is full of young people who love football.

    “I am really looking forward to seeing the young girls and boys from all backgrounds and their coaches at my academy. Encouraging young girls to play football has always been an important part of the thinking behind the academy and it will be great to take this opportunity to also see some of the worlds best young women play in the U-17 Final.

  • Inigo Montoya

    Nick, I’m sure Henry actually suspended himself for one game after injuring Hartman.

    As the Irish would tell you, Henry has always been a great sportsman and guardian of the honor of the game.

    Yeah, that’s it.

    Anyway, strikes me that the biggest thing hanging over the game is Omar Gonzalez’s suspension for yellow-card accumulation. With him and Berhalter both out, who knows what the back line will look like?

  • Studs Up

    If Leonardo is not ready, look for AJ to come in and for Franklin to slide inside.

  • Inigo Montoya

    That sounds right, and that leaves a pretty small back line, especially if you put Jordan on the outside to replace AJDLG or Franklin.

    Quicker than with Berhalter and/or Leonardo, and no doubt less likely to get caught ball-watching than with Leonardo, but likely to be pushed around and beaten in the air.