Thank You, Thierry Henry

From his official Facebook page Henry’s RBNY career is over
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

There was a sense that something special was about to come to an end. Even though he looked like he could continue on, the feeling around the training facility and around Red Bull Arena was that one more year would be enough to continue his high footballing I.Q. here with Red Bull New York.

But on his official Facebook page this Monday morning, Henry  made his feelings known that his 4.5 year contract has come to an end and he will not continue for another year, he will finish his time with the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer in a 4-3 Aggregate loss in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New England Revolution.

Here’s what his statement said:

“I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls. The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract and although that was never going to change, I didn't want it to distract from the progress of the team.

I have immensely enjoyed my four and half years here and would like to thank everyone involved with this club who has made my time here so enjoyable.

Thanks must go particularly to Erik Soler, Hans Backe, Gerard Houllier, Andy Roxburgh, Mike Petke, all my team mates, the technical staff, medical staff, all the personnel who work for the Red Bull organisation, the MLS and of course the owner Mr Mateschitz whose vision and passion brought me to this wonderful city.

A special mention must go to the Red Bull fans who have supported this team through the good, the bad and the ugly times in the sun, rain and snow. You guys have really meant a lot to me and thank you for all your wonderful support.

I will now take the next few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career.

Thank you all

Thierry Henry.

It’s been brilliant to have this living legend, who played so many years with Arsenal in the English Premier League and that magic year with Barcelona winning La Liga, Copa Del Rey, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Spanish Super Cup & UEFA Super Cup in a calendar year back in 2009 to grace his presence at Red Bull Arena.

Out of all the goals and assists he created, 2 of them made me smile and made me believe he can do anything with a football. The Olimpico Goal against the Columbus Crew on September 17, 2012, and his Bicycle Kick against the Montreal Impact on May 4, 2013.

But nothing beats the feeling back in the 2010 season after the World Cup in South Africa was over. I was  in the bench area and saw Henry come out of the tunnel at Red Bull Arena for the first time with the local, national and world media watching in awe.

The aura of this man was overpowering and, I have to admit, fun. Seeing him in this city and league made me believe that Major League Soccer has finally arrived. Thank you very much Thierry Henry for some amazing memories and it was a pleasure to cover you for your 4.5 years in MLS.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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