SECAUCUS, N.J. — France striker Thierry Henry joined the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday in a multiyear deal.
The 32-year-old former Arsenal and Barcelona player will make his Red Bulls’ debut on July 22 in an exhibition against Premier League club Tottenham.
“Some people might think I am going to go there for vacation — I do actually go there for vacation — but it won’t be for vacation this time,” Henry said in a video interview on the club website. “I’m a competitor and I don’t like to lose.”
Henry was released by Barcelona last month after scoring just four goals last season.
“This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life,” Henry said.
Henry will be introduced at a press conference on Thursday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
“Thierry is not only a world class player who will undoubtedly improve our squad, but he has shown most importantly throughout his career that he is a winner,” said Erik Soler, general manager and sporting director of the Red Bulls. “He has made it clear to us that he is committed in the short and long term to help in our vision of making our organization the premium franchise in Major League Soccer.”
With France, Henry won the World Cup in 1998 and the 2000 European Championship, but sparked outrage last year when his handball during a playoff match helped to deny Ireland a spot at this year’s World Cup.
At the finals in South Africa, France went out at the group stage after the team was beset by a player protest.
Henry guided Arsenal to the Premier League title in 2002 and 2004 before leaving in 2007 to join Barcelona, where he won six trophies in 2009 — the Champions League, the Spanish league, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercup, the UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup.