A few weeks ago, Thierry Henry announced that he was leaving the New York Red Bulls at the end of his contract. He didn't specify what his next step would be. The consensus opinion was that he would sign with Arsenal and finish his career in London. Today he put any speculation to bed by announcing via his facebook page that he will retire as a player.
Henry's playing career ended with a disappointed 3-2 aggregate goal loss to the New England Revolution, but he leaves as one of the best players of his generation. Henry has played for some of the biggest names in club soccer; Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, and of course the Red Bulls. He's scored 360 goals in 792 club games (in all competitions). He has won numerous awards throughout his playing career including being names to the MLS Best XI (2011, 2013, 2014). For France, he put away 51 goals in 123 matches.
His MLS record is impressive, especially for someone who was just here to "cash in a paycheck". In his four and a half seasons with the Red Bulls, Henry played in 132 matches in all competitions and put away 52 goals. He was consistently a double digit goal scorer, with at least 10 goals in each full season he played, but that's not all he was. He was also a play maker on a team void of one, contributing 42 (primary & secondary) assists during his tenure in Harrison. He's led the Red Bulls to the playoffs every season he was in the red & white, including the deep run this year, which was the team's longest since 2008. While he never won the award, he was always in the discussion for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
So what's next for the legend? He'll be joining Sky Sports as a pundit and share his wisdom with the world. So at least we haven't lost him completely in the sport. Now, how can we watch Sky Sports in the US?