Tottenham prepare to face Henry on Thursday
English Premier League club Tottenham
Hotspur are in town getting ready to kick off their US tour against the
Earthquakes on Saturday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN & ESPN Deportes).
Following their California stop, it will be on to the
opposite coast for a highly anticipated match on July 22 when the UEFA Champions League qualifiers face Thierry Henry in his Red Bulls debut at
Red Bull Arena.
“[He’s a] fantastic player,” said Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp of Henry on Thursday. “Absolutely one of the greatest players to grace the Premier
League and a great guy as well.
“I think he’ll be a big asset to [MLS]. He’s a class guy and
fantastic footballer,” continued Redknapp, who was a midfielder for the Seattle
Sounders during the NASL years. “He’s an amazing signing. He could’ve gone back
to England and played in the Premier League easily, but I think he preferred to
come [to the US], so he’s a big signing.”
One player you would imagine to feel some resentment towards
“Titi” is Robbie Keane. The popular Irish striker has been a Spur throughout
most of Henry’s career at Arsenal, Tottenham’s fiercest rivals.
Most importantly, the longtime Ireland captain led his team
onto the pitch at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis that witnessed the “Hand
of Gaul,” the play in which Henry handled a cross inside the 6-yard box and
gave William Gallas the pass for the winning goal to send France to the 2010
“Finished,” said Ireland’s top scorer of that game. "Gone. [It’s in] the past."
However, he had nothing except good things to say about his former
“[Henry] is obviously a tremendous player,” Keane said. “He
was brilliant in the Premiership for Arsenal and scored a lot of goals. He’s a
big player and I’m sure he’ll do OK [in MLS].”
Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who may be starting in
goal against Henry, echoed the comments of his manager and striker.
“I’m sure he’s going to have a great impact on MLS,”
Cudicini said. “He’s been a fantastic player in England, Spain and [for the
French] National Team. He’s won many trophies and has great experience. It’s going to be good for the kids, as well, to see him as
a guy who can teach a lot of things … I think he’s going to be a great