HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Thierry Henry scored two goals and added an assist to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
The victory enabled the Red Bulls (14-7-7) to remain unbeaten at home this season (10-0-3) and briefly moved New York into second place in the Eastern Conference. But Chicago beat Montreal 3-1 later Saturday to move back into second place with 50 points — one behind first-place Sporting Kansas City. New York has 49 points.
"The playoffs start now," Henry said. "That's just the way the league us. We can't afford to have a game like this. We didn't start the game well and gave them an early goal. We just have to figure out what the problem is and work it out. When you're down early, you have to work even harder."
The Red Bulls — the only MLS club to remain undefeated at home — scored twice in the final 12 minutes to secure the win.
New York got the winner in the 79th after Henry had taken a shot that bounced off the crossbar, giving the Red Bulls a corner kick. Henry took the attempt and Dax McCarty leaped over the wall to head it home and past a diving Andy Gruenebaum, who viciously smacked into the goalpost with his face, forcing him to leave the game with facial lacerations.
"He's going to be fine," Crew head coach Robert Warzycha said. "It seems like he's OK. I'm not sure about the goalpost though."
Henry then capped the scoring with a nifty corner kick in extra time from the left sideline that bent to the left and went past backup goalie Matt Lampson directly into the net.
"I saw (reserve goalkeeper Matt Lampson) was off his line and was out of the goal too much, so I decided to give it a try," Henry said.
"It's such a rare play that I don't know if I've seen it before," said Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe. "What can you say? When he's sharp, it's tough to stop him. It's what you want to see from a player like that."
Milovan Mirosevic opened the scoring in the third minute for Columbus (12-10-6), and Henry tied it six minutes later with his 12th of the season.
"We started the game well, but then we gave up that first goal too quick," Warzycha said. "Getting the first goal was what we wanted then we gave it away."