Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NY Redbull Nation Welcomes Theirry Henry with Open Arms

The day has finally come!  This morning the rumor mill officially stopped turning and the news exploded all over the internet.  The NY Redbulls announced the signing of the one and only Thierry Henry.  While this wasn't completely unexpected, the impact can be felt around the MLS and World.  Redbull fans are salivating over the idea of having the #2 scorer in MLS, Juan Pablo Angel, paired with one of the world's most renowned strikers.  This combo will be the object of many keeper nightmare's.  The signing of Henry is the perfect touch to what is amounting to be an amazing inaugural season at Redbull Arena.  The addition of Henry only increases the chances of Redbull Arena matching a similar fate to that of the new Yankee stadium; in inaugural championship!

While Henry may lack the notoriety of one David Beckham, he brings something far better... Legitimacy.  Thierry is known for one thing and one thing only... his friendship with Steve Nash.  Alright forget that last part, you know what I meant!  The MLS and it's teams are fighting tooth and nail to inject soccer(football) into the veins of every American.  New stadiums are popping up all over the nation and big names are beggining to appear on roster's.  I can comfortably say that their efforts are working.  I have only been a Redbull fan for three months but the bug has bitten hard.   I, like many others who commute to NYC, watched Redbull Arena being built Monday through Friday.  Curiosity got the better of me and I finally broke down and bought a ticket.  All it took was 90 minutes to make me fall head over heals.  Some may argue that the MLS is a watered down version of world soccer.  However, star players like Henry increase the validity of American soccer and weaken the argument of the naysayers.  Redbull Arena was enough to peak my interest and entice me to the game.  I believe that Thierry may have the same effect on some of the the unconverted masses.

TH14 will be making his debut July 22, 2010 8:00PM ET (Fox Soccer Channel) when the Redbull's take on the Tottenham Hotspurs in the first round of the Barclay's New York Football Challenge at Redbull Arena.  Tickets may still available at

- Michael Rosabal

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