The rumor mill in Europe is working overtime on the rumor that Barcelona star Thierry Henry is coming to MLS next summer to play for the New York Red Bulls.
Today the Spanish newspaper AS reported that Henry, who is 32, would like to end his career in the U.S.
Henry is still part of the France national team that is expected to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in South Africa, which would delay Henry coming to MLS until late in July. Henry’s still has two years left on his contract at Barcelona at around $9.5 million a season. Since he will probably miss half the MLS season next year, a more likley solution is having him come to MLS in 2011.
What makes that timeline even more likely is that the Red Bulls current Designated Player Juan Pablo Angel’s contract end after the 2010 season, freeing up a spot for Henry.
The NYRB are desperate for someone to make them relevant in the New York market again. Next season they will be finally playing in their new soccer specific Red Bull Arena. While they would love to have Henry on-board to open up the new stadium, I am sure that MLS executives would be more than happy to take him in 2011.