Thierry Henry Observes Positive Changes On His Return To MLS
There has been a change in Major League Soccer in the relatively short time since Thierry Henry He was a player.
The former Arsenal star, now the new Montreal Impact coach, played for the New York Red Bulls from 2010 to 2014.
Back then, Henry said, MLS was still targeting players from Europe at the end of their careers. As the.
But now the league is attracting promising young talents from Mexico and South America, signaling a breakthrough of the old 'retirement league' reputation that MLS once had. The average age of players is skewed younger than a decade ago.
That's a sign that the league is evolving, Henry said.
Henry noted that MLS is retaining young talent, like LAFC's Carlos candle , which in the past may have gone to Europe.
I don't know how far the league can go. Obviously it's up to us now that I'm back to make sure we can elevate the league as much as we can, he said. This league has no limits for me, but you need time to reach that level.
MLS was celebrating its 25th season, and Henry was embarking on his first career as an Impact coach when the game was suspended on March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
On Friday, however, the league took its first step to restart the season by announcing that it would allow individual voluntary trainings for players on the team's outdoor practice fields beginning next Wednesday.
Montreal had started well, with a victory in Henry's debut as coach over the New England Revolution, and a draw on the road against FC Dallas, before the league closed.
Henry, who signed a two-year contract with the Impact last November, is now navigating the uncertainties of training amid a pandemic.
Well, the hard part is not being on the field, as I mentioned before. You can't beat that. You need to be in the field to have a feeling, to have intensity, he said. And when you're successful at what you wanted to do or planned to do for a game or training session, players buy it a little more because they can feel a little better.
It's Henry's second term as head coach: He had a difficult three-month period as coach of Monaco, the club he played for when he was young. Before that, he trained forwards for Belgium, which reached the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup.
As a player, Henry is France's all-time top scorer and a winner of the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. He retired from international play in 2010 with 51 goals in 123 appearances.
With Arsenal, Henry held the record for most goals for a foreign player in the English Premier League (175) up Manchester city Striker Sergio Agüero surpassed him in January. Henry remains Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions during his time there from 1999-2007.
Henry also played for Barcelona before signing with the Red Bulls, where he scored 51 goals before retiring in 2014 and becoming a television soccer commentator.
Henry hopes that he can restart the last chapter of his career soon.
I always mention Jurgen Klopp . It took him three and a half years to do what he's doing with Liverpool . Not so, said Henry. So we were getting somewhere. They were early stages _ let's not get carried away. The boys were beginning to understand what we wanted and how we wanted to play, the intensity, the union and the fight that we wanted to put into the games.