Sunday, July 18, 2010

Signing of Henry shows improvement of MLS

Whether or not you believe that the Thierry Henry signing by New York Red Bull earlier this week is a move more to do with publicity, the fact that he chose MLS over other European clubs that wanted his services shows that players are starting the see the improving quality in the league. Sure Henry is an aging star who has not has not been firing at his best since leaving Arsenal in 2007, but the fact that a player of his quality and stature in the game decided that MLS will be his home for the next four and a half years is a watershed moment for the league.

Although this move is less heralded than David Beckham's move in 2007, it will be more successful from a quality on the pitch perspective than Beckham ever was. This is not to say that Henry won't be looking to expand his brand in North America, however he will certainly bring more quality to the pitch than any DP player in the league before him. As he said in his press conference this week "I am a competitor, and I expect to win" he added "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".

The biggest plus for the MLS is that Henry's name has clout with other top players in Europe. Seeing him sign and play in the MLS will leak back to Europe and other top players will look at making the jump. The latest rumour is that L.A Galaxy may make an attempt to sign Brazilian international superstar Ronaldinho. Of course this is only a rumour, but these types are press and rumours will only help the league grow stronger in terms of quality and drawing power.


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