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Thierry Henry Has Landed

Posted on 15 July 2010 by ASN Staff

“I am here to win a Championship.”

So many stars have made that statement in the past, but none have held the weight of a Thierry Henry.

On a picture perfect summer afternoon, the New York Red Bulls unveiled their ‘pièce de résistance’ amongst a throng of media and local dignitaries. Like a Hollywood premier, Henry strolled passed the flashing lights and focused cameras to the center of Red Bull Arena, where he was met by Red Bull brass Erik Soler, Hans Backe, head of Red Bull Global Soccer Dietmar Beiersdorfer, and league commisioner, Don Garber.

With the sun beating down on his brow, he unraveled his brand new number 14 Red Bulls kit, and dawned the scarf of the New York side, completing a journey nearly two years in the making.

Finally, after 100 rumors, and 50 names, there truly was only one star.

Thierry Henry is finally a New York Red Bull ©Dave Martinez/ASN

Henry has signed on with the Red Bulls on a four and a half year, multimillion dollar designated player contract. With that comes a mountain of expectations and promise. And if there was any doubt Red Bull believed in their investment, just listen to Hans Backe who is an instant believer, labeling Henry “in the top ten ever in the Premiership as a striker.” Erik Soler beamed with pride at his latest, long awaited acquisition as well, claiming this “outstanding personality, and outstanding character” would be an immediate lift to the team.

And one would be hard pressed to argue the point. The former World Cup Champion, Arsenal legend and Barcelona striker brings with him a hefty resume of goals, achievements and, most importantly, Championships. His resume includes a laundry list of accomplishments, with two Prem championships, a plethora of trophy’s with Barcelona, including playing a large part in securing the treble for the Catalans in 2009, and a World Cup Title to boot.

Individually, he has been voted Player of the year by the writers association three times, twice by the Players association while in England, was inducted in the English Hall of Fame in 2008, is a multiple Golden Booy winner and has been nominated FIFA player of the year two times. He compiled 226 goals in all competitions while with Arsenal, and is the top French goal scorer of all time.

But even with all these accomplishments and expectations weighing on him, Henry seemed more than ready to carry the load, and face the task of turning this team around. “Everybody knows I love this city, but I can assure you that I came to win,” Henry said. “That is the most important thing.”

“I always want to be here 100 percent and fully committed to this cause and the organization,” he stated. “The club was able to bring me and make my dream come true.”

The dream begins this coming Thursday night, 8pm at Red Bull Arena against a familiar rival; Tottenham Hotspur.
–Dave Martinez

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