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Thierry Henry may not retire as his lone goal leads Red Bulls over Dynamo

Thierry Henry may not be retiring after all.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images Thierry Henry may not be retiring after all.


In the latest installment of “As the World Turns,” Red Bulls star Thierry Henry may not be retiring after all. In fact, he may very well return to the club for another season.


Just two days after telling France Football that Henry won’t be back with the Red Bulls in 2015 and would retire or play somewhere else, Gerard Houllier, the head of global soccer for Red Bull, completely flipped the script and told French publication L’Equipe in a story published Saturday that Henry’s future is undecided and that a contract for next season has been discussed.


“In fact, no decision has been made,” Houllier told L’Equipe, according to a translation by MLSSoccer.com. “For now, Thierry is with the Red Bulls.”


The report also states that a one-year deal for next season is being negotiated.


With all the chatter about his future, it was none other than Henry who scored the team’s lone goal in a crucial 1-0 victory against Houston Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. Henry’s 10th goal of the season gave the Red Bulls three important points as they try to hold onto the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Houllier’s newest comments cap a whirlwind week for the Red Bulls, during which Sports Illustrated reported the team was for sale, which MLS commissioner Don Garber told the Daily News was untrue. There’s also an apparent rift between the team’s other designated player, Australian star Tim Cahill, and the club because of Cahill’s commitment to his national team, which has caused him to miss key MLS matches; MLS doesn’t cease league play for FIFA’s designated international dates as many of the world’s top leagues do. Cahill entered Saturday’s game as a substitute in the 85th minute and was assessed a straight red-card in the 88th minute.


Amid all the drama, the fifth-place Red Bulls won their fourth-to-last league match of the season Saturday with Toronto just one point behind with a game in hand. The match began a stint of four consecutive home games, the last of which is a CONCACAF Champions League contest, and the team can’t afford to drop any points during that stretch.


Henry’s goal came in the 47th minute after Lloyd Sam played a ball from the right side of the box toward Bradley Wright-Phillips in front of goal. Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric dove and got a piece of the pass, which was deflected to Henry on the left, where he easily finished.

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