I wrote a piece in Creative Loafing today about soccer star Thierry Henry coming to the MLS to play for the New York Red Bulls, and how to people outside the USA it’s a bigger deal than Lebron James. Here’s an excerpt:
While the American sports landscape waited with baited breath as Lebron James made “The Decision” to join the Miami Heat, the sporting world at large watched an even bigger sports superstar make a move out of Europe and into Major League Soccer.
Former French international and Barcelona forward Thierry Henry will play for the New York Red Bulls this season, marking the highest profile signing for the MLS since David Beckhamjoined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
The player most Americans probably know for his handball that kept Ireland out of the 2010 World Cup and let a terrible French side in has more going for him that cheating antics. He won the Golden Boot for most goals scored in the English Premier League four times between 2001-2006 for his London club Arsenal. In 2003, he was named by FIFA World Player of the Year.