The league's end-of-year award season is nearing its close, and there haven't been many Red Bulls involved. But MLS did take a moment to acknowledge Bradley Wright-Phillips's magnificent year and Thierry Henry's valedictory season by naming both players to its Best XI.
The captain was named to the team as a midfielder, reflecting the role he played for much of the second half of the season. BWP was wedged into a three-man forward line, between Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins.
This year's MLS Best XI is lined up as a 3-4-3, and looks like the sort of team Henry and BWP would at least be familiar with: plenty to offer going forward, at the cost of an overworked defense.
Here is the selection in full:
GK Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
DEF Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)
DEF Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
DEF Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
MID Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
MID Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
MID Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
MID Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
FWD Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
FWD Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)
FWD Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)
Helluva fight brewing in that team over who takes the free kicks.