New York Red Bulls winger Lloyd Sam earns plaudits from former skipper Thierry Henry

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The ex-Charlton Athletic and Leeds United man's performance in last weekend's 2-1 win over New York City FC prompted a few praise-filled text messages from the recently retired Frenchman.

New York Red Bulls winger Lloyd Sam has been earning numerous plaudits for his hot start to the 2015 MLS season, including from former teammate Thierry Henry.

The Englishman revealed to empireofsoccer.com ahead of Friday’s trip to FC Dallas that he still keeps in regular contact with his ex-captain, who was watching last weekend’s first ever meeting between his old side and expansion franchise New York City FC from across the pond.

Sam himself picked up an assist on the night, as the Red Bulls rode Bradley Wright-Phillips’ brace to a 2-1 win, and the former Charlton Athletic and Leeds United man’s performance was impressive enough to earn Henry’s own personal man of the match award via text message.

“We were texting after the game against NYC,” said Sam. “He was just saying he thought I was the man of the match. Actually, that’s what he texted me. That’s not me saying it! That’s what he said.

“He’s still watching the game. We talk after most games. He still knows what’s going on.”

With Henry retiring in the offseason and fellow Designated Player Tim Cahill departing for China, the Red Bulls were expected to struggle this season, especially after a controversial coaching change which saw club legend Mike Petke shown his marching orders.

New boss Jesse Marsch has since exceeded expectations at the helm, however, with the team recording four wins, four draws and just one defeat in their opening nine matches.

Along with compatriot Wright-Phillips, Sam has been a big reason for that success, having taken on more of a playmaking role from the right flank amid some MVP-calibre performances, notching three goals and three assists in the process.

It remains to be seen whether both he and the Red Bulls can sustain their current run of form, with tonight’s clash at in-form Dallas posing a tough matchup, but another star outing might just earn him a few more accolades from Henry.

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