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Henry to MLS Is About On-Field Impact

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From an American standpoint, it's not quite LeBron James. From an international standpoint, it's bigger. But either way, the New York metropolitan area has managed to land at least one international sporting superstar this summer.

Confirmation that French striker Thierry Henry has joined the Red Bulls will have a tremendous impact on soccer in a region where the sport has struggled for relevance since the MetroStars kicked off along with MLS in 1996. The French star is a worldwide icon, having represented his country at four World Cups and starring in the English Premier League for Arsenal and in La Liga for Barcelona for more than a decade.

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