The New York Red Bulls signed star French forward Thierry Henry to a multi-year contract as its second Designated Player. Thierry is a World Cup, European Championship and UEFA Champions League winner. His debut for the Red Bulls is expected to be on July 22 against English Premiership club, Tottenham Hotspur, in the Barclays New York Challenge at Red Bull Arena.
#14 Thierry Henry
Pronunciation: TYAIR-ree ahn-REE
Day of Birth: Aug. 7, 1977 in Les Ulis, France
“It is without question that Thierry Henry is one of the most successful and recognizable 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.”
“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 striker known his sublime technical ability, sharp acumen and nose for goal, most recently represented France in the World Cup for a record fourth time. Henry, a member of the 1998 World Cup-winning side and leading scorer, has scored a national-record 51 goals and earned 123 caps for his country. Henry also helped France win the 2000 European Championship and the 2003 Confederations Cup.
My sole goal during my time here is to help win the club its first championship.
“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.”
Prior to joining FC Barcelona, Henry played for London-based club, Arsenal FC. Henry rose to legendary status with the Gunners, becoming the club’s all-time leading goal scorer with 226 goals from 1999-07. The French marksman was the top scorer in the English Premiership (2002, 2004-06) a record four times and helped his club win the Premiership championship in 2002 and 2004. The 32-year-old also helped lead his team to three English FA Cups and he won the European Golden Boot in 2004 and 2005.
For fans interested in purchasing tickets for the Red Bulls’ July 22 showdown versus Tottenham Hotspur, please call 1.877.RB.SOCCER or visit www.newyorkredbulls.com. The Bullshop at Red Bull Arena will be open to the general public from 10 AM to 4 PM on July 14, 15, and 16. Fans interested in purchasing Henry merchandise can enter Red Bull Arena at Gate A to gain access to the Bullshop or visit www.redbullshopusa.com to order online.
Henry will be introduced at a press conference on Thursday, July 15 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ at 1:15 PM. The press conference will be streamed live on www.newyorkredbulls.com.