Some bits of information just stop being news after awhile. Water is wet, the NHL is in the middle of a work stoppage, and New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry was once again the best player in all of Major League Soccer.
MLS and the Red Bulls announced on Monday that Henry has been named the Player of the Week for Week 30 of the 2012 regular season. With this award, Henry becomes the fifth player in the history of the league to earn five Player of the Week honors during a single campaign. He won the award three times during the first month of the season, which ultimately led to his being named the Player of the Month for March, and he was also named POTW following New York's victory over Columbus Crew last month.
Henry was nothing short of a human highlight reel this past Saturday when New York hosted Toronto FC. He delivered the corner that was headed home by Markus Holgersson, a goal that leveled the match. The Red Bulls captain completed his assist hat-trick with two moments of magic that resulted in Kenny Cooper twice finding the back of the net. To complete his evening and the New York victory, Henry then chipped Toronto goalkeeper Freddy Hall with a first-touch hit that put the Red Bulls up 4-1 two minutes into stoppage time.
That final tally put the living legend on 14 league goals this season, eight behind San Jose Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski. Henry is also responsible for 12 assists heading into this weekend's New York vs. Chicago Fire clash at Red Bull Arena. Depending on what occurs during the team's final three October fixtures, it's possible that Henry could finish the regular season having had a hand in over half of New York's goals scored. That's not too shabby for a guy who has thus far played in 22 of his team's 31 league matches. The Red Bulls have scored 54 league goals this season as of the posting of this piece.
Wondolowski is the unnamed 2012 MLS Most Valuable Player in the eyes of many analysts and supporters. I would have zero problem if Wondo did win the award, especially if San Jose go on to win the Supporters' Shield (they lead Sporting KC by three points in the overall league standings). Any and all 2012 MLS MVP discussions must now include Henry, who had the best performance of his RBNY career this past Saturday.
Henry is the best player in the league. That statement is not an opinion at this point. When at his best and fully fit, Henry is simply at a different and much more special level than is any other MLS player. Is Henry "more valuable" of a player than is Wondo to the point that the New York forward deserves to win a MVP trophy? That's a debatable topic.
I don't know who I would select as my 2012 MLS MVP right now. A few more 3 assists, one goal performances from Henry would definitely make the process much easier to complete.
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