Sure, the MLB might not be as competitive as its European or South American counterparts, but the league is certainly growing, and recognized players from around the world continue to join America’s professional soccer, recently it was David Beckham who arrived to the Los Angeles Galaxy, and now it is Thierry Henry, who is coming from Barcelona to the New York Red Bulls.
The 32 year old player will be making his debut with the Red Bulls jersey on July 22 in an exhibition match against the Tottenham, a club from the English Premier League.
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About the move to the MLS, Henry has stated that he is not coming to New York for a vacation, as he mentioned that he is actually arriving to compete as he don’t like to lose.
It is reported that Henry will be getting 2 million Euros per season, but this is just part of what he will earn in total, as he has deals with Adidas and Gillette, and both brands knows that the Frenchmen playing in America means an increase in their sales due to the high commercial appeal from the striker/winger.
The Red Bulls have space for one more designated player, and they are apparently in talks with Rafael Marquez, another player from Barcelona. And when it comes to big names in the league, neither Beckham, Henry or Marquez are the only ones to join the MLS, as other superstars such as Youri Djorkaeff, Denilson, Lothar Matthaus, Walter Zenga, Carlos Valderrama and Hristo Stoichkov have all played in the United States.
Thierry Henry did not achieve as much in Barcelona as he did in the Arsenal, the English football club where he scored 226 in 370 games. In fact, he finished with a low 4 goals last season playing for the Spaniard club, which is why the team decided to released him on June, but Henry is positive about playing for New York, and the Red Bulls couldn’t be more pleased, as it is sure that the name of the French player on their jerseys are going to sell a lot, and more people will certainly be attentind to the games to watch Henry doing what he knows to do best.
The arrival of Henry and the possible arrival of Marquez makes of the Red Bulls one of the favorites to win it all in the current season.
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