Thierry Henry signs with New York Red Bulls

Ryan WardCorrespondent IMay 17, 2010

Soccer or football, as it is called almost everywhere else other than the United States, is the most popular sport in the world hands down. No matter what Americans may think about MLB baseball or NFL football, International football tops them all by far!

Even though soccer is the most popular sport in the world with the most passionate fans, the sport just hasn’t been able to take off in the United States. Many people in the US believe that it is just a boring sport that many people in this country cannot identify with because they didn’t play it growing up like they did with American football or America’s past time (baseball). Despite the consensus that soccer is “boring”, it would be hard to argue that football in this country or baseball is not just as “boring” if not even more so due to all the downtime between plays, pitches and or innings.

No matter what this country does to make this sport more popular, soccer will almost certainly never reach the level of NBA basketball, NFL football or MLB baseball, but the sport has definitely made an impression on this country over the past couple of years with superstars like David Beckham coming to the states and the success of US soccer on the international level.

This summer the United States will see more interest in soccer than ever before as the US national team looks to actually be a force to be reckoned with in World Cup in South Africa. They still are a longshot to win the World Cup as they will be competing with the likes of England, Brazil and Spain, but with the team’s recent success, people will be watching to see what happens this June.

With this sudden interest in soccer coming to the US, a few big name players on the international stage have actually considered making the move to the MLS for some big bucks. David Beckham was the most recent addition to the MLS, but hasn’t really been able to turn around the sport in this country single handedly. The next soccer superstar inline will be Thierry Henry from Barcelona.

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Over the years, Henry has been arguably one of the best and brightest players in Europe with some impressive campaigns with the Arsenal Gunners in English Premier League and most recently with Barcelona playing alongside football great Lionel Messi.

Even though Henry is just 32 years old, he is considered to be on the downside of his career and with one year left on his contract with Spanish heavyweight Barcelona, Henry has decided to sign with the New York Red Bulls.

Before Henry suits up for the Red Bulls, he will be trying to lead France to World Cup glory this summer in South Africa. During his time with the French national team, Henry has become the all-time leading goal scorer with 51 goals to his credit.

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