The New York Red Bulls have a chance to clinch their first regular season Eastern Conference title in club history, but they'll have to do so without Thierry Henry.
The French striker is listed as out for Thursday night's match, the final regular season match for both clubs, with a right knee strain that also forced him to miss the Red Bulls' 2-1 loss to Philadelphia last Saturday.
Henry's absence will likely pave the way for a Juan Pablo Angel-Salou Ibrahim forward tandem. The Red Bulls deployed Angel in a one-forward attack against Philadelphia but the 4-5-1 was overwhelmed by the Union. New York's offense played much better after Ibrahim was inserted into the lineup against the Union, alongside Angel.
The Red Bulls can clinch first place in the East with a win on Thursday, or with a Columbus loss on Saturday against Philadelphia.
What do you think of this development? Starting to worry about Henry's availability for the playoffs? Think New York can clinch the East without him. Wonder if some FC Dallas fans aren't using voodoo to exact revenge on Henry for the Hartman incident?
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