The New York Red Bulls forward tandem of Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper continued their assault on MLS defenses on Saturday, combining for four goals in a 4-1 thrashing of the Columbus Crew in Columbus.
Cooper jumped all over the Crew with a pair of early goals that helped the Red Bulls take complete control of a lethargic Crew side that offered little resistence in the first half. Cooper scored New York's first two goals, including a sublime header to make it 2-0. Henry added a third goal before halftime to put the home team into an even deeper hole.
The Crew showed much more life in the second half, but Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara made several key saves while the Crew also missed their share of simple chances. Columbus finally broke through with a consolation goal from Chad Marshall late, but that goal only seemed to anger Thierry Henry, who came right down and blasted home his second goal of the match in the match's final minute to make the final score 4-1.
The win, New York's third in a row, keeps the Red Bulls in second place in the Eastern Conference, behind unbeaten Sporting Kansas City.
Here are the match highlights:
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