Don’t panic New York Red Bulls fans, this is only a temporary arrangement.
Turns out Thierry Henry is down in Medellin, Cololmbia, training with former Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel, who visited New York last week and trained with his former MLS side.
Angel’s current club, Atlético Nacional, will apparently have Henry training with them for the next week or so, as the Frenchman will not have a MLS game with New York until June 23. So he is using the time to stay fit and sharp down in Colombia.
This has to be one of the more bizarre training stints we have heard about.
Especially for a World Cup winning legend who has won plenty of honors in England, Italy, France and Spain during his playing days.
But with such a big break in league action, Henry is taking the chance for a mid season vacation down to South America to recharge his batteries and the 35-year-old is entitled to do so.
New York’s captain is not expected to feature in their fourth round Open Cup clash with the New England Revolution on June 12, with the game to be played at Harvard.
So he could be down in Colombia for a while. Something that always crops up when a big name DP disappears like this during the season (or goes on crazy long-distance trips, ahem, Becks) are questions surrounding their commitment to Major League Soccer.
I don’t think we have to worry about that one with Monsieur Henry.
Despite last weeks 2-1 loss to Vancouver, the Red Bulls are doing fine this season under Mike Petke and Henry seems to be enjoying life at RBA. Six goals in 13 games is not a bad return and after this little stop off in Colombia, maybe Henry will return rejuvenated and ready for a busy summer in MLS.