Thierry Henry wasn't overly emotional in facing his former team since it was only an exhibition game.
It figures to be different for teammate Jamison Olave as he makes his return to face Real Salt Lake.
Olave helped Real Salt Lake capture its lone MLS Cup in 2009 and will finally be back in Utah for Wednesday night's matchup.
New York (5-6-9) took a break from league play for Saturday's 1-0 home victory over English powerhouse Arsenal - the club with which Henry became its all-time goals leader. Henry played 54 minutes.
"Well it's a friendly game so it's different," Henry said. "For us, my mind is on Salt Lake to be honest with you."
Olave figures to have a different mind-set after he was traded to New York along with Fabian Espindola - now with D.C. United - before the 2013 season. The defender was a stalwart for Real Salt Lake (8-4-8) between 2008-12.
"He was my roommate for four years, but we need the three points and Jamison is a good friend," RSL midfielder Javier Morales said. "He did a lot for the club. He's a good friend, but Wednesday we're going to take them."
Olave's first appearance against RSL was in a wild 4-3 home victory July 27, 2013. Four goals were scored in the 80th minute or later, with New York scoring the last two in the 89th and fourth minute of stoppage time.
Morales recalled how he was fouled by Olave in that match.
"The last time that I played against him he got me from behind, so I hope this time it doesn't happen again," he said.
RSL played without several regulars in that match. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, midfielder Kyle Beckerman and defender Tony Beltran were all out due to international duty.
Salt Lake has outscored New York 8-0 in winning the last four home meetings, drawing the other four regular-season matchups in Utah.
RSL is one of two MLS teams that Henry has faced more than twice and has yet to score against. The other is Sporting Kansas City. He has mustered one assist in six meetings.
Henry leads MLS with 10 assists, with many to Bradley Wright-Phillips - who tops the league with 17 goals.
Olave isn't the only person with RSL connections coming to town. Robin Fraser began his coaching career as an assistant with the club and is now in that position with New York.
"We have awesome relationships with those guys," RSL coach Jeff Cassar said. "It'll bring out the competitive juices, which is something we're going to look forward to."
RSL won 3-1 last Thursday at home over Montreal. Substitute Olmes Garcia scored his first two goals of the season in the second half.
Salt Lake is 5-0-3 against Eastern Conference foes. New York is 2-4-5 on the road.
"We don't get that many nationally televised games," RSL defender Nat Borchers said. "We play the best soccer in the league, we definitely have the best product, but we're never on. It's definitely good to show our brand off to the rest of the league."
New York will be without suspended midfielder Lloyd Sam.