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Thierry Henry's 100th scoring contribution for New York Red Bulls

Add 48 assists to the 52 goals he's scored and you get an even 100 combined goals and assists for Thierry Henry since joining RBNY.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Few who saw it will ever forget Thierry Henry's 48th assist for the New York Red Bulls.

Firstly, because is was important: it set up the goal that restored RBNY's two-goal lead on aggregate in the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinal against D.C. United. And that was an away goal, which counts for something extra these days in MLS, making the lead all the more challenging for DC to overturn in the 30-odd minutes left in the match after the Red Bulls found their equalizer in the second leg.

In the end, DC couldn't score enough to tie things up on aggregate and suffer the agony of being the first team eliminated under MLS's new enthusiasm for an old tiebreaker, and New York's twice-named MLS team rolled into the 2014 Eastern Conference final by the uncontroversial method of having scored more goals than its opponent over two games.

So Thierry Henry's 48th assist contributed to RBNY's first-ever playoff series win over its longest-standing rival.

The second reason not to forget this goal: the only part of the build-up that made much sense was that played by Henry. Dax McCarty started the move off with a long ball from the halfway line - but he slipped, and ended up watching his pass sail toward DC's back line from the ground. Bradley Wright-Phillips (5' 8") got to the ball ahead of Bobby Boswell (6' 2") and played a perfect, target-man's header to Henry, who was hanging out on the left.

And the captain took the ball close to Sean Franklin, then broke wide to give himself just enough to space to fire a cross into the six-yard box, where Peguy Luyindula - who had a 4.8% scoring chance conversion rate in 2013 - knocked in from close range.

To recap, this was a goal born of a shanked pass, the aerial prowess of an undersized target man, and the finishing ability of a goal-shy forward. And Thierry Henry.

Even Henry's contribution might be considered unusual in the sense that he is a left winger largely because "mainly on the left but inclined to play wherever he thinks he can be most effective" isn't a position that is easy to represent on a tactical diagram.

But this was one of those moments he was playing the position attributed to him by the lineup graphic, and it resulted in the goal that  took RBNY a step further in the playoffs than it has ever been since Henry joined the club.

It also happened to be the 100th goal for this team that has directly involved the captain. He has scored 52 of those himself, and assisted the remaining 48.

Thank you, Titi: New York's King of Goals.