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 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
"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.