There aren’t many more famous and more talented soccer players in the world than Thierry Henry, so when the French striker and Barcelona star says he loves America and New York is the best city in the world, you have to take notice.
In an interview with the New York Times, Henry spelled out his affection for the United States and stated that he would love to play here one day.
“I always say that one day I can play over there,” Henry told Times writer Jack Bell. “I would love to.”
Henry’s love of the U.S. and interest in playing here isn’t a secret. I wrote last year that Henry had expressed serious interest in coming here and spoke to former France teammate Youri Djorkaeff at length about Djorkaeff’s experience playing in MLS.
Now here’s the question. How soon could Henry be playing in the United States? Considering his current age (30) and form (still excellent for Barcelona), it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Henry could arrive in MLS in 2009. Who better to help launch Red Bull Park in 2009 than Henry? Henry could also wait a year and be the marquee attraction for a second New York team.
Needless to say, Henry is exactly the kind of player MLS needs to bring in, from his on-field ability to his off-field marketability.