Red Bulls’ Thierry Henry Scores Goal of the Year (Or Maybe Decade)

New York’s striker melts faces with 88th minute bicycle kick.

New York’s striker melts faces with 88th minute bicycle kick.

Photo: Steve Dykes | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2013

Thierry Henry is very good at soccer. This, of course, comes as no surprise to anyone who follows the sport. He’s France’s all-time goal leader. He was named player of the year in England three times. He’s won the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, and the 2003 Confederations Cup. By the time he came to America to join the Red Bulls in 2010, Henry was among the most decorated players in the world, and helped raise the level and profile of the still fledgling MLS. Still, with all that in mind, the 35-year-old’s game-winning goal against the Montreal Impact last night has to stand as one of his finest. Any goal off a corner kick is impressive. Any bicycle kick goal is jaw-dropping. And any game-winning goal is awe-inspiring. But a game-winning bicycle-kick goal off a corner kick? Well, that just might make your face melt. You’ve been warned:

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