Magnificent Henry toys with the Crew, 3:1
September 15, 2012

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09.15.12 · League

One can guarantee that this game's highlights will be replayed for a long time. Most specifically, the goal directly from a corner kick that Titi Henry scored late in the match. However, that Olympic goal was only a small drop in a bucket. Metro's 3:1 win over Columbus was a dominating performance, a comeback victory that fills us with hope for the rest of the season.

After much talk that "Clever" Hans Backe has settled on his back four, he did as much, but rearranged the midfield. Dax McCarty moved to the right, Jan Gunnar Solli to the left, Joel Lindpere and Teemu Tainio was sent to the bench, with Rafa Marquez -- yes, Rafa Marquez! -- starting in defensive midfield. Kenny Cooper joined Henry up front.

For the fourth time in the last five games, Metro gave up a goal quite early. Just three minutes in, Jairo Arrieta danced through Connor Lade on the right side, crossed the ball through Metro's centeral defenders, and Milovan Mirosevic tapped it in. But the lead lasted all of six minutes. A magnificent through ball from Marquez -- yes, Rafa Marquez! -- found Henry in the penalty area. The bearded Frenchman took one touch and ripped it through the back of the net.

Metro had numerous chances to take the lead. In the first half, Cooper was denied by Andy Gruenebaum, and then Marquez, alone in the penalty area, skyed one high. In the second, Dax McCarty sent a deliciously curving ball that was parried by Gruenebaum. Then, late in the match, Henry got the ball in the penalty area, gave it some thought, and roofed it, only for Gruenebaum to make a spectacular save.

However, that save resulted in a corner kick, which Henry landed on McCarty's orange head, and the Marty McFly look-alike gave Metro the lead they so truly deserved. Gruenebaum collided with the goalpost on the play, leading to a long game delay as the Crew goalkeeper was treated and eventually taken out of the match.

The magnificent goal came in the third minute of stoppage time, as Henry sent a corner kick off the far post and into the net, with clueless backup Matt Lampson left helpless. It was the first direct goal from a corner kick in Metro history. The result also gave Metro the first sweep of the Crew ever.

So now, a quick turnaround as Kansas City visits on Wednesday. A Metro victory will take them top of the East... And after today's performance, nothing less should be expected.

Lineup: Gaudette, Conde, Holgersson, Pearce, Lade, Marquez, Solli, McCarty, Cahill, Cooper, Henry. Subs: Tainio, Lindpere, Le Toux.

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