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Thierry Henry quits New York Red Bulls after play-off defeat

By Jim Van Wijk

Thierry Henry has decided to leave New York Red Bulls at the end of his contract, the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward confirmed yesterday.

Henry (37) joined the Major League Soccer club in 2010 following a successful playing career in Europe, where he was an integral part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side and won the 2009 Champions League with Spanish giants Barcelona.

The former France international, a member of Les Bleus' triumphant 1998 World Cup-winning squad, revealed he would now "take the next few weeks to reflect" before deciding on his next career move after the Red Bulls' MLS Cup campaign ended with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to rivals New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Championship play-off.

Henry's statement read: "I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls.

"The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract and although that was never going to change, I didn't want it to distract from the progress of the team.

"I have immensely enjoyed my four-and-a-half years here and would like to thank everyone involved with this club who has made my time here so enjoyable.

"I will now take the next few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career."

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