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Henry makes MLS history with third POTW award in a row

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Thierry Henry has done something that no other player in MLS history has accomplished.

The star striker of the New York Red Bulls has been named the MLS Player of the Week for the third consecutive time. Never before has anyone been named POTW three times. But, in a league where many of the Designated Players have disappointed, Henry has staked his claim as the league’s most exciting, electric figure — and Commissioner Don Garber should be writing Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer a thank-you note.

Henry got the most votes from the North American Soccer Reporters.

He’s also the reigning Player of the Month.

He has seven goals in five matches. Is it too early to start the Roy Lassiter goal watch? Lassiter holds the MLS record with 27 goals in a season, done in an era of mini-games and shootouts.

This past weekend, the Columbus Crew was the victim. Henry set up Kenny Cooper’s opening goal with a perfectly weighted ball lofted into the penalty area.

His first goal of the game, New York’s third on the day, was reminiscent of the first goal he scored for Arsenal during his recent loan-return to London. Just like in that famous FA Cup win over Leeds, Henry was in the left channel, was played onside by a flat back line, then strolled into the box and slotted into the far corner.

He finished the 4-1 rout of the Crew with a smart volley.

He is the hottest player in MLS. He has more goals this season, seven, than 13 other MLS teams do in their goals for columns — including all three Canadian clubs.

How The 11 voted: Henry. In a week filled with great goal-scoring performances, Henry’s stood the tallest, because he also set up a goal and simply causes defences fits for 90 minutes. Columbus is a staunch defensive side, and the Crew was torn to shreds.

The second-place vote went to San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, who snapped the Vancouver Whitecaps’ new league record for not allowing a goal from the start of a season at 428 minutes. Not only that, but he scored twice as San Jose rallied with three second-half goals to hand the ‘Caps their first loss of the season.

Wondolowski beat Whitecaps’ defender Jay DeMerit one-on-one before chipping the Earthquakes’ opener over keeper Jay Cannon, then got the insurance goal when he was left free in the box to volley home a free kick that had been launched in the area.

Maybe in a normal week, normal month, Wondolowski wins the POTW. But, right now, this is Thierry Henry’s world — we just live in it.


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