Former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has signed for New York Red Bulls on a ‘multi-year contract’ the Major League Soccer club has confirmed.
The 32-year-old World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winner had one year to run on his contract at Barcelona but it was agreed last month that the player could leave the Camp Nou. Henry will be officially unveiled on July 15 and should make his Red Bulls debut against Tottenham on July 22 at the Red Bull Arena.
'This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life' – Thierry Henry
“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.”
And Henry is clearly looking forward to life in the USA, where he will link up with former-Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel and where his famous No 14 shirt.
“This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life,” Henry said. “It is an honor 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.”
The former FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus FC and AS Monaco player most recently represented France in the World Cup for a record fourth time. Henry, a member of both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning side 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 Erik Soler, Red Bull New York General Manager and Sporting Director. “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 organization the premium franchise in Major League Soccer.”