Henry moves to New York Red Bulls

France striker Thierry Henry has signed for New York Red Bulls, the Major League Soccer (MLS) team said on Wednesday.

The former Juventus and Arsenal forward joins New York from Barcelona in a “multi-year” deal, the Red Bulls said in a statement.

The 32-year-old Henry joins England’s David Beckham and former Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg among the league’s ‘designated players’ who have most of their salary paid outside of their team’s salary cap.

“It is without question that Thierry Henry is one of the most successful and recognisable soccer players over the past 15 years,” said Dietmar Beiersdorfer, head of New York’s owners, 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.”

Henry said he was looking forward to the challenge with the team who moved into a new, purpose-built soccer stadium this season but have yet to win an MLS title.

“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.” — Reuters

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