October 5, 2012
Henry honors Red Bulls past with 'MetroStars' armband
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Thierry Henry, who has made plenty of history in France, England, Spain and the United States, also has a sense of history. Since the 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 19, the Red Bulls striker has been wearing the MetroStars' colors on his armband.
"It's simple," he said. "Sometimes like in the NBA, like in the NFL, lot of sports here in the U.S., you have some throwback jerseys," Henry said. "That is my way to give a shut to the MetroStars."
Before Red Bull purchased the Major League Soccer team in 2006, the club was called the MetroStars.
"As you can see and I can say, there are a lot of guys coming to the game with MetroStars shirts," Henry said after training on Thursday. "We all know and we're well aware and understand this is a Red Bull team. That's not going to change. Every now and then you can always give a shout to where the team started.
"At Arsenal we wore the burgundy white jersey from the past, what Arsenal used to be. It was a just a shout out to the guys that I see sometimes with the MetroStars because at the end of the day, we do represent Red Bulls and that's the way it is, and that's the name of the club. But you've got to know the roots of the club also."
Henry said he had not decided whether he was going to wear the armband for Saturday's home game against the Chicago Fire.
"I don't know, I don't know," he said. "Maybe, maybe not."
Before he ended his session with the media at Montclair State, Henry remembered to take care of his unfinished business -- a goal dedication to a fan who has been ill recently.
"I was supposed to give a shout out to a guy, a little kid who [comes] to see me at the training ground -- Justin," he said. "I won't go into details to what he has and everything. The goal against Columbus and the goal against Toronto, they were for him. If you can put it out there for him, any message can help and help a lot. So please."