The New York Red Bulls have signed Thierry Henry from Barcelona on a “multi-year contract”, the Major League Soccer club have confirmed.
The 32-year-old former Arsenal captain moved to the Nou Camp in 2007 and had one year remaining on his Barca contract, but the club agreed last month that he could leave.
“Red Bull New York announced today that it has signed star French forward Thierry Henry to a multi-year contract as its second designated player,” the club said today in a statement on their website, www.newyorkredbulls.com.
He is expected to make his debut on July 22 against Tottenham at Red Bull Arena.
The statement continued: “Henry, a World Cup, European Championship and UEFA Champions League winner, will be available for selection for New York pending receipt of his international transfer certificate and after the July 15 international transfer window.
“His debut for the Red Bulls is expected to be on July 22 against English Premiership club, Tottenham Hotspur, in the Barclays New York Challenge at Red Bull Arena.”
Henry will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey at 1.15pm local time (6.15 Irish time).
The Frenchman, infamous for his double handball in a World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland, claimed that he is relishing the "challenge" ahead.
“This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life,” said Henry.
“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.
“Knowing Red Bull’s significant commitment to soccer locally and internationally, I am confident that my team-mates and I will succeed.”