Reports: Henry to join Red Bulls

Updated: May 18, 2010, 9:30 AM ET
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France's Thierry Henry has signed a deal to play for the New York Red Bulls of the MLS, according to media reports.

Henry, whose season with Barcelona finished Sunday, will play for the French team at the World Cup in South Africa next month before joining the Red Bulls, numerous media outlets have reported.

The team declined to comment, according to multiple media reports.

Henry, 32, still has a year left on his contract with Barcelona. He holds the mark for most French national team goals with 51. He has previously indicated a willingness to finish his career in New York.

But Henry said wants to concentrate on the World Cup before considering his next move in club football, according to a media report in Spain.

"For the moment, nothing is certain," Henry told the Spanish sports daily Diario AS. "I am a Barcelona player and have another year left on my contract.

"Currently, my only worry is preparing for the World Cup with France. I will have time to reflect on my future later."

The addition of Henry, which could come shortly after the World Cup, could boost the Red Bulls on the field, where they're 5-3 (15 points) and leading the MLS Eastern Conference despite scoring only eight goals. His presence could also help fill seats at the team's brand-new Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Information from ESPNSoccernet.com was used in this report.

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