Thierry Henry’s dazzling first-half outing in Wednesday night’s MLS All-Star game saw the New York Red Bulls forward receive a standing ovation from the crowd upon being subbed off in the 47th minute.
Facing Bayern Munich at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon, the soon-to-be 37-year-old stood out among the other big names on show to put in a vintage performance, as the All-Stars would come back from a goal down to claim an impressive 2-1 win, with MLS legend Landon Donovan grabbing what proved to be the decider in the 70th minute.
The Bundesliga giants had taken the lead eight minutes in, when Robert Lewandowski scored an absolute rocked past Nick Rimando, but the All-Stars would come close to equalising five minutes before the half, with Henry’s stunning volley from 25 yards out sailing just high.
The leveller would come shortly after the break, however, with MLS leading-scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips making it 1-1 on 51 minutes, before Donovan, who had earlier come on for the Frenchman, grabbed the game-winner against his former club.
Having joined the Red Bulls in July 2010 from Barcelona, Henry was appearing in his fourth consecutive All-Star game but, with his contract expiring at the end of 2014, speculation is rife that this could be his last.
The Arsenal legend has remained mum on retirement rumours thus far but, after pulling the strings for the All-Stars against one of the top sides in Europe, it’s clear that he still has a great deal to offer MLS.
Is it too early for Thierry Henry to retire?