My tribe

NYRB star Henry puts other players in limelight

By the sounds of it, New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry does not expect to be the man in the limelight this season. The 33-year old Frenchman, who has made a habit of scoring prolifically in the top leagues in the world, knows the squad he is a part of for the upcoming 2011 MLS season has plenty of attacking weapons who he plans to support rather than be at the forefront.

"I never set myself any personal targets before the season," Henry told the Star-Ledger.

"You reach a time in your career where you want to make the guys around you play better. We have Juan Agudelo and Dane Richards.

"Dane Richards is our go-to player. He always makes things happen on the field. We have guys with pace, so I don't mind playing a bit more in the middle and trying to fit people in."

And Henry made a good point that it is not necessarily the top scorer in the league who is lifting the trophy come the end of the season.

"When you look at some leagues, the (top) goal-scorer of the league is not often on the (team) champion at the end of the season," he added. "It is not about who will score the goals, it is about, 'We need to score, it doesn't matter who.'?"

The Red Bulls kick off their 2011 campaign with a home clash against Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Seattle kicked off their season on Tuesday with a 1-0 home loss to the LA Galaxy.

Andrew Slevison
About the author

Andrew Slevison

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?