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Wherein Thierry Henry defends teammate Rafa Marquez

Jun 28, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

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Earlier this week, New York Red Bulls manager Hans Backe defended Rafa Marquez, a favorite fan and media whipping boy, advising that the Mexican international had just played one of his best matches yet in MLS.

Now comes Thierry Henry, layering on similar praise.

Something that people didn’t mention after the game against D.C. [is that] when Rafa plays at the back, it’s another story. I know a lot of the guys (media) don’t like him too much, but watch the game.”

OK, fair enough. And the Red Bulls’ passing out of the back certainly does, in fact, reach another level.

But can we talk about United’s second goal, where Marquez kept Chris Pontius onside? Or, are we to believe that three fellow defenders got it wrong, while Marquez somehow had it all figured out?

Just asking.

  1. meeremia - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Rafa was the last of the Red Bulls’ defenders on the second goal conceded, but Pontius was pretty clearly offside. That goal was on the refs. Plus, Rafa’s distribution was Barca-esque on Sunday — 63 of 67 passes completed. Not shabby.

    I’m sick and tired of Rafa. If he’s not injured, suspended or making trouble for the Red Bulls, he’s probably playing poorly on defense, not marking opponents or just being a detriment to their on-field performance. But his game against D.C. was actually pretty decent.

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