Thierry Henry Leaves Barcelona For MLS New York Red Bulls

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJuly 14, 2010

Thierry Henry has secured his move from Barcelona to the Big Apple, by signing with a Major League Soccer team—the New York Red Bulls.

Lately he has been the enemy of many fans around the world, most of all the people of Ireland and the rest of the UK.

This is because he helped his France qualify for the 2010 World Cup by cheating.

In a qualifying game against Ireland, he kept the ball on the pitch with his hand and set up the winning goal. If it was not for this goal, France would have been out, and Ireland would have been in.

However, the United States doesn't seem to have the same hatred for him as the American side has given the Frenchman a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Henry seemed pleased with his move to the US, saying, "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."

The Red Bulls manager Erik Soler is very pleased with the deal and cant wait for the former Arsenal player to join.

He said, "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."

"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 will be looking to score many goals for the MLS team as he became Arsenal's record goalscorer before leaving for Barcelona in 2007.  

Henry will wear the No. 14 shirt for the club, and is expected to make his debut in a friendly match against Tottenham at Red Bull Arena.

He is likely to partner with former Aston Villa ace Juan Pablo Angel upfront.

In this year's World Cup he only played 53 minutes. He didn't have the best summer, but his previous performances will lift the hopes of the New York fans.