Metro tops Arsenal in a very, very important game
July 26, 2014

New York Arsenal
07.26.14 · Friendly

It took 18 years, but MLS finally made it. An MLS team defeated a Premiership team, but it went beyond that. Metro thoroughly outplayed Arsenal in every area of the field. The final score was 1:0, but that didn't correspond to the disparity between the two teams. Metro ran circles around the supposed superior opposition. The defense clamped down on multi-million-dollar attackers. It was glory for Metro, glory for MLS...

And glory for Thierry Henry, who was magnificent against his former club. In the 32nd minute, he set up the lone score off a match. The French ubermensch sent in a perfect corner kick that was nodded down by Ibrahim Sekagya onto the path of Bradley Wright-Phillips. MLS's leading scorer proved that he can damage Premiership opposition as well, redirecring from close range.

The rest of the match was academic. Metro toyed with the English giants, holding the ball for long stretches of time. The few chances that Arsenal had, the stalwart New York defense rose to the occasion, knocking the ball away with ease. At the end, the sold-out crowd roared. Those there to root for Arsenal finally realized that their local MLS team deserves their support as well.

No one got hurt. That was very important.

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