Thierry Henry has been with the New York Red Bulls since 2010, but he has never played at Gillette Stadium because of the artificial turf. He and Red Bulls coach Mike Petke are discussing whether he will make his first appearance when the Red Bulls visit the Revolution Saturday night.
The Red Bulls will be missing Peguy Luyindula, who suffered a left hamstring strain Wednesday night against Montreal, and without Henry, they would be down to three forwards.
“I’ve got to speak with Mike,” said Henry, who prefers not to play on turf fields for fear of injury. “I’ve never played there, so we’ll see how it is.”
According to an anonymous player survey conducted by Sports Illustrated, the Gillette Stadium turf is the worst in all of MLS. It has kept away the likes of Henry, David Beckham, and Antonio Valencia in recent years.
Since Henry signed in July 2010, the Red Bulls are winless against the Revolution when he isn't on the field. But New York has also never lost to New England when Henry plays.
The Red Bulls are currently atop the Eastern Conference, 3 points ahead of the Houston Dynamo. But Houston has played two fewer games. So Petke may opt to start Henry no matter what the turf conditions are.
The Revolution are on a 16-match unbeaten run against New York at Gillette Stadium dating back to June 29, 2002. That streak may be in jeopardy should Henry play.
Agudelo arrives in New England
New Revolution acquisition Juan Agudelo arrived from California late Wednesday night. Agudelo, who will wear No. 10, is rehabilitating a hamstring injury and is not likely to start Saturday against his former team.
"It feels like every single day it's improving," Agudelo told revolutionsoccer.net. "I'm so anxious to get out on the field.
"You have to be smart. If you reinjure it, it can be a pretty bad thing. I feel pretty good right now. I've been sprinting for the last two weeks."
Former DP Caraglio competing in Serie A
Milton Caraglio may be playing for Pescara, the current bottom dwellers of the Italian Serie A, but the fact that he is plying his trade in Italy could be proof that he deserved his designated player contract with the Revolution. Caraglio, who nearly signed with West Ham United before going on loan with the Revolution from Argentina's Rosario Central, has played four times for Pescara this season.
Pescara will likely be relegated to Serie B this season. He appears to have the reputation of a player with plenty of raw talent that needs to be developed.
Even if he is seeing minimal playing time, Serie A is many steps up from the Argentine league, Chilean league, and MLS.
Caraglio, 24, scored three goals in 12 appearances for the Revolution during the 2011 season. He was part of one of Diego Maradona's national team camps in 2010.
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