The Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls exchanged a few opportunities as both teams felt each other out early after the opening whistle. While neither team controlled possession or the midfield, turnovers and defensive errors proved to be costly for the Dynamo. In the 12th minute Kosuke Kimura found an open Thierry Henry who slotted a pass through to an open Bradley Wright-Phillips which got the home side up a goal despite the numerous orange jerseys around the box. The Red Bulls doubled their lead after Henry found a streaking Roy Miller who beat Warren Creavalle's tackle and then found Bradley Wright-Phillips who calmly put it away. The Dynamo were not without chances of their own, but Barnes's shot lacked pace and often fell right to Luis Robles while Andrew Driver's shot went well over the top.
The Dynamo came out of the locker room to start the second half and looked like a different team. From the kickoff, Giles Barnes pounced on a poor pass and found Will Bruin whose shot was saved. As the Dynamo generated chance after chance, they failed to find the net and as time went on the momentum shifted towards the home side. Ricardo Clark took a poor touch trying to control a ball and went down and had to be subbed off.
In the 65th minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips launched a tough angled shot at Tally Hall whose save fell to Thierry Henry who beat Warren Creavalle to the ball and one touched it into the goal because he's Henry and can do that. In the 84th minute, Thierry Henry was questionably pulled down for a penalty kick which was whistled even though NY had found the net during advantage. Henry allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to take it and he promptly buried it completing his hat-trick.
The Red Bulls would end up finishing this one 4-0 and after the initial feeling out period early in the 1st and the Dynamo's early surge to start the 2nd half, the Red Bulls controlled the game. The Dynamo head back home for a Sunday afternoon match against an underperforming Portland Timbers team.
Hall; Ashe, Taylor, Horst, Creavalle (Carrasco 73'); Driver, Clark (Cochran 63'), Boniek, Cascio; Barnes, Bruin (Cummings 80').
Robles; Kimura, Olave, Armando, Miller; Sam (Izquierdo 83'), Luyindula (Steele 69'), McCarty, Alexander; Wright-Phillips (Lade 90'+2'), Henry.