Thierry Henry: Why MLS Needs More Than The French Star

With the New York Red Bulls signing French "star" Thierry Henry, speculation has begun— Is this the signing that puts the MLS at the table with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL? 

Well, we can put that speculation to rest right now — No.

Thierry Henry is a fading player from Barcelona, who has shown considerable signs of slowing down. 

But, where does fading talent go? A weaker league, where their skills, comparatively, do not seem as poor to the untrained eye.

The equivalent of a 45-year-old Michael Jordan going back to the NCAA, playing for NC State, instead of North Carolina. It'd be easier for him to still have "it."

But what is "it" for Henry when he comes to the MLS?

Will he light up the scoreboards? Maybe.

Will he increase attendance? Probably, for his home club, NY.

Will he make the MLS mainstream? Not. Even. Close.

The problem here, is not that Henry is a good si...

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