This piece of news is from the daily mail just had to post it.After reading it i really felt sorry for Herny after the handball disaster thierry was never the same and now he’s gone to america to play i think it’s the wrong choice(and im irish and im saying this)To me herny was always one of the best players in the world he should’nt end his career like this he should end it on a high.The interview that he does with fox its actually very hard to watch at times presenters really havnt got a clue what football is about.I think henry should go back to england im sure some club would take him the thing thats upsets me the most is the americans think david beckham is better than him thierry is twice the player beckham was.
Walk out of Harrison train station in Newark, New Jersey, a 20-minute train ride from Manhattan, and you see the Red Bull Arena straight in front of you.
It’s surrounded by rubble. The place looks like a film set for a gritty drama. Well, they do film scenes from ‘The Wire’ just round the corner.
But this 25,000-seater arena will be Thierry Henry’s home stadium for the next four and a half years. It’s more like Reading’s Madjeski Stadium than the Nou Camp, except nobody in New York seems to know where it is.
One British journalist got in a taxi and ended up at the New York Giants’ stadium nine miles away. It seems the ‘Beckham effect’ certainly hasn’t had a positive impact in this part of the United States.
How Henry will fare will be interesting to see. He is certainly not as box office as David Beckham (his dVb jeans, sunglasses, perfume, aftershave or Victoria’s fashion range) were three years ago but, in sporting terms, the Frenchman is arguably a better catch.
There’s no pun intended there, by the way, although how New York’s vibrant Irish community respond to the man who ended Ireland’s World Cup dreams with his own ‘Hand of God’ moment could be fascinating.
Big move: Henry
But Henry, the former Arsenal and Barcelona striker, is only 32, a player in his prime who could still do a job at many a Premier League club. He is on nothing like the £6m-a-year that lured Beckham to Los Angeles in 2007 and has always said he wanted to end his career across the pond. It is something of a coup for Major League Soccer to have him here.
The problem is, mainstream America hasn’t quite realised this yet. Henry’s image is plastered over a disused warehouse alongside the outpost that is the walkway to the Red Bull Arena, but there are no billboard posters of him splayed over skyscrapers in central Manhattan.
A television interview on Fox 5 on Tuesday was nothing short of cringe-worthy. To be fair to the Frenchman, he remained remarkably composed in the light of a question which began: ‘So, you’ve just won the World Cup…’ The female host thought he was Spanish.
Let’s pass this off as two presenters being hideously unprepared but, the fact remains, the USA is still disenchanted with the beautiful game. And this after a summer that has seen the men’s national team within an extra-time goal of making the World Cup quarter-final.
In Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times, for instance, Henry didn’t get a mention. In fact, there were more words devoted to ‘horseshoe pitching’ – which, somehow, made the front page – than ‘soccer’. In the bookshop next to Madison Square Garden, there were only fractionally more books on soccer than lacrosse.
Unsurprisingly, both topics were vastly outnumbered by American football, baseball, hockey, basketball and golf. The only football-related autobiographies belonged to Beckham, Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane. Hardly an up-to-date collection.
Henry is both aware of and resistant to the fact he is viewed as the latest soccer messiah; the man who must now carry the mantle of trying to bring soccer to the US. When asked what he hoped to achieve off the pitch in New York, he replied: ‘Nothing.’
‘I am here and I want to win and compete with my team and to win the title,’ he said. ‘That’s the only way this game will progress.’
The striker will make his Red Bulls’ debut against Tottenham on Thursday evening (kick-off 1am Friday GMT).
‘What a script,’ he said. We will wait and see whether the US chapter of Henry’ s stellar career has a happy ending.
Heres the link for the interview god i feel so sorry for him.
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