Henry signs for NY Red Bulls

2010-07-14 16:37

New York - French football star Thierry Henry has signed for New York Red Bulls on a long-term deal, the US club announced on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old striker is expected to make his debut for the Red Bulls in a home friendly on July 22 against English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

"It is without question that Thierry Henry is one of the most successful and recognisable soccer players over the past 15 years," said Dietmar Beiersdorfer, head of Red Bull global soccer.

"We are thrilled that Thierry has decided to come to New York to help the Red Bulls compete for championships this year and for years to come. His international pedigree is second to none and he is a proven winner."

Henry, who signed the "multi-year" contract after leaving Spanish champions Barcelona, added: "This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life. It is an honour to play for the New York Red Bulls.

"I am fully aware of the team's history and my sole goal during my time here is to help win the club its first championship.

"Knowing Red Bull's significant commitment to soccer locally and internationally, I am confident that my teammates and I will succeed."

Henry, a World Cup winner with France in 1998 and European champion in 2000, joined Barcelona in 2007 from Premier League club Arsenal, where he had established himself as one of the top strikers in the world.

But he lost his first-team place with Barca last season, scoring just three goals in 20 matches.

He also played only a cameo role in his country's disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa, where they failed to get past the group stages amid bitter in-fighting.

Henry, who previously also played club football for Juventus and Monaco, has scored a national-record 51 goals and earned 123 caps for his country.

"Thierry is not only a world class player who will undoubtedly improve our squad, but he has shown most importantly throughout his career that he is a winner," said Red Bulls sporting director Erik Soler.

"He has made it clear to us that he is committed in the short and long term to help in our vision of making our organisation the premium franchise in Major League Soccer."

Henry's trophy cabinet boasts medals from six competitions won with Barca - the Champions League, La Liga (twice), the King's Cup, Spanish Supercup, UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

The French marksman was the top scorer in the English top flight a record four times (2002, 2004-06) and helped his club win the Premier League in 2002 and 2004.

He also helped lead his team to three English FA Cups and he won the European Golden Boot in 2004 and 2005.


  • Tshepo - 2010-07-14 16:43

    American League is starting to become a dumping ground for has-been footballers!!!

  • thato - 2010-07-14 16:43

    wat a waiste of great talint,he could rather come play in the psl,thrz more compitition hear than there is in america and give back to his roots,but he just wants money

  • nigel - 2010-07-14 16:44

    are the NY Red Bulls an American Football team, if so Henry should do quite well.

  • Erwin - 2010-07-14 16:49

    It should have read: "We are thrilled that Thierry has decided to come to New York to offer us a helping hand as the Red Bulls compete for championships this year and for years to come.

  • chris - 2010-07-14 17:31

    Why on earth would he like to come to the psl. To deal with a crap salary, crapper football and idiots like Malema influencing politics and guiding this countrys direction. Just because he has a brown skin it does not mean he owes you anything THATO. I am sick of the culture of expected entitlement for nothing. The only way he would get to his roots would be to be hijacked and killed by his "brothers" as he drove to work.

  • @thato - 2010-07-14 18:09

    Roots??? roots?? what roots in the PSL you dwark, he is French, why would he have roots in the PSL, or is this more rascism?

  • rob - 2010-07-14 20:53

    Hand-Ball Henry Is he the new goal keeper ?

  • Joe - 2010-07-14 21:16

    this washed up hasbeen. even Kaiser Chiefs did not want to sign him.

  • the little cherub - 2010-07-14 23:38

    Has nobody thought to point out to Henry that the NY Red Bulls are NOT, I repeat NOT, a basketball team!

  • Mmeli - 2010-07-15 07:32

    Most of your comments, people, are in poor taste. Henry came, saw and he conquered - much more than any of us could ever even dream of. Whatever direction he takes in his life, we should just wish him well and be grateful for the magic he gave us.

  • Marcus Daily - 2010-07-15 08:04

    Certain idiots that have commented on this article clearly don't understand how football works. Once a star player has reached the twilight stage of his/her career the best thing to do is move to a club in a lesser league, in a good country where there are no pressures of big time football. Think Claude Makalele, David Beckham & Robbie Fowler. Thierry has won every championship on offer in the modern in the respective leagues he played in and internationally (World Cup 08, Euro 00 and Confed 2003).

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-07-15 08:24

    It's a shame. I still believe this guy has lots to offer. He should never have left Arsenal. He got his Champion's League medal that he wanted so much with Barce, but at the expense of no game time and a loss of confidence. He could have easily slotted into any EPL team. I suppose the cash MLS is offering was too good to turn down. He is in the twilight of his carreer, so if it makes financial sense, then all of the best to him. Still a legend in my eyes. Got goosebumps at Greenpoint when he came on. The standing ovation and appreciation from the crowd was amazing. Good luck at the retirement village of football.

  • Desso - 2010-07-15 13:31

    Why squabble over a french player. An idoit has been appointed coach of the national team,endorsed by a group of clowns(SAFA). S A Football potential players must start a rebel league or they will never see the world cup as a player again??? corruption in politics,government, etc

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