The clock has already started to tick. After being a good solider for Pepe Guardiola and FC Barcelona the French striker and former Arsenal legend is ready to move on towards Major League Soccer and play in his favorite destination that has been the worst kept secret in the entire football world. We all know that place is New York City.
Reports from Europe have already surfaced that Thierry Henry is negotiating his exit at the end of this La Liga season since he wasn’t allowed to dress in the last match which was a 4-1 victory over Villarreal. During the second leg fight with Inter Milan in the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League, Henry wasn’t given a chance to sub in & at least try to get a goal or two for the aggregate lead or get that second goal which would’ve help Barcelona advance to the final since they did have the away goal in the first leg at the San Siro.
Yes his contract ends after the 2010-11 La Liga season, but it sounds like he will be getting his money earlier to move into a fancy NYC apartment building. Henry’s representatives have already had talks with Barcelona Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain to allow Henry to leave before the contract ends.
Obviously after his time with France in this summer’s World Cup, he will be allowed to join the league in the MLS Summer Transfer Window this coming July. Before the season started Matthew Mbuta was the last player to wear the #14 shirt before being released during the pre-season. Since his release no one on the New York Red Bulls has worn that number. Yes ladies and gentlemen it sounds like he will be at Red Bull Arena with his famous T.H. 14 tag.
Arsenal Head Coach Arsene Wenger was asked about Henry if he would’ve made a return to the Premiership or back to Arsenal “I believe he will go to the United States at the end of the season. He will go certainly to the World Cup and after he will want to maybe cut a little bit of the immense pressure that is in Europe.”
What does this mean for the league if Henry does come over? Once again another famous player that has plyed his trade in the Premiership is coming to MLS and following in the footsteps of David Beckham and former Arsenal teammate Freddie Ljungberg. This also means that he will be playing along side Juan Pablo Angel and filling two of the three Designated Player spots that the Red Bulls have either received or bought from the league.
This also means that Red Bull Arena will be the home of another famous footballer from Europe that will grace its pitch and locker room. The star power continues to grow along with some of the home grown & or drafted players that has their stars rising like Tim Ream, Jeremy Hall, Tony Tchani, Conor Chinn & Juan Agudelo.
We all know that the New York Football Challenge will be coming around towards the end of July with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester City & Tottenham Hotspurs making this summer sizzle even more, but seeing Henry in MLS and wearing that New York shirt will be even hotter.