Henry's Metro romps over Montreal, 4:0
July 13, 2013

New York Montreal

07.13.13 · League

Some players just own some teams. For example, old favorite Clint Mathis could always count to produce against Dallas. Current favorite Titi Henry has that relationship with Montreal.

Four times Henry lined up for Metro against the Impact; he has scored seven goals in those games. Tonight, he tallied once, assisted on two others, and helped with the finale to lead Metro to a 4:0 romp over the Eastern leaders.

Mike Petke made only one change from last week's loss: the insertion of Kosuke Kimura at left back for Connor Lade. And the defense held strong; other than a short period early in the second half, Montreal didn't threaten. Metro, on the other hand...

It all started in the 10th minute. Henry got the ball to Eric Alexander, who darted through Montreal defenders like they were made of soft fromage. The midfielder bravely slammed the ball home... and then had an eerily similar run later in the half, only to hit the crossbar.

Henry doubled the lead six minutes later. Brandon "Ninja" Barklage sent the ball up the right side to Fabian Espindola. The Argentine took it inside, and sent it into the box from its right corner. There, Henry made a terrific run, just getting enough foot on the ball to redirect it past the dumbfounded Troy Perkins.

The third goal came in the 63rd minute, when Henry's corner was met by Tim Cahill's head. The Australian hammered in his fifth of the year. And then, it was showtime. Henry seemed to toy with the Montreal defense, pulling out tricks that one would think are not possible for a man his age. Cahill hit the bar after one such occasion.

And then, two minutes from time, Lloyd Sam got taken down in the box. It was Metro's first penalty kick of the year. Henry took the ball and gave it to Peguy Luyindula, knowing the lesser Frenchman needed something to break through his scoreless drought. This time, the Zaire-born striker did not disappoint, drilling the game's last goal to the left of Perkins.

So, we just witnessed the best game of the season. To think of it, Henry has a pretty decent relationship with other MLS teams as well...

Lineup: Robles, Kimura, Olave, Holgersson, Barklage, McCarty, Steele, Alexander, Cahill, Espindola, Henry. Subs: Sam, Luyindula, Bustamante.

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