This just in. Henry got my first-place vote. My second went to Chris Wondolowski of San Jose, who will visit the Sounders on Saturday:
New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was named the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for Week 3 of the MLS season today by the North American Soccer Reporters. Henry scored two goals and added one assist in the Red Bulls’ 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, the team’s first victory of the 2012 season. This is Henry’s first career MLS Player of the Week award.
Henry scored his first goal of the season in the third minute of the match. The Frenchman intercepted a back pass by Rapids defender Ross LaBeaux and converted the chance past goalkeeper Matt Pickens. Just three minutes later, Henry picked out fellow forward Kenny Cooper with a perfect through ball behind the Rapids defense and Cooper was able to finish it and extend New York’s lead to two. In the second half, Henry doubled his account and gave New York a 3-0 lead. Defender Wilman Conde took a free kick from just inside the Red Bulls’ half, and Henry timed his run perfectly. While bearing down on goal, Henry hit an instep drive with his right foot, placing it inside the far post.
Henry has two goals and two assists in three matches this season. Last year, Henry led the club and finished third in MLS with 14 goals and was named to the MLS Best XI. Since joining the Red Bulls in July 2010, the former World Cup, European Cup and UEFA Champions League winner has played in 40 matches, starting them all, while scoring 18 goals and recording out nine assists overall.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.