HENRY BACKS ALEXANDER
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has paid tribute to the performance by Eric Alexander in the recent match against Houston Dynamo. Along with Jonny Steele, Alexander was extremely crucial in the 2-0 win for New York Red Bulls.
The two midfielders were extremely tireless in the encounter and they played a crucial role in linking the defence and attack. Alexandra created the goal in the 60th minute that proved to be the decisive one of the game because it helped separate the two teams. Fabián Espíndola converted the chance with great aplomb to put New York Red Bulls in the lead.
Jonny Steele scored the second goal of the match, as New York Red Bulls managed to finish the encounter in a more comfortable manner. As a result of this victory, the team stays close to the top of the table. They are just a couple of points away from overtaking Sporting Kansas, although the team is also facing the threat from Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union as well. Hence, Henry has spoken about the importance of taking three points from this encounter.
Even though Alexander was modest about his contribution in the match, Henry praised the midfielder by saying that the team could not have won without the 25-year-old.
“The key today was Eric Alexander. He turned, I love when he does that, every time he had the ball. That is the key in soccer. If you play the ball back or you play the ball sideways, you’re not going to go anywhere. But today, every time he got the ball, he tried to turn and go forward. For me, that was the key and he unlocked the game with his passing. He was the key because every single time he wanted to turn and play with us forwards. That’s always a plus,” said Henry.