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Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry no fan of artificial turf

Jul 14, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

Thierry Henry

The New York Red Bulls meet Seattle tomorrow night in one of the weekend’s top matches. Will Thierry Henry be on the field? It’s on grass, so the chances are much higher.

What the high-scoring Frenchman said this week about playing on artificial surfaces:

That is the worst thing for any athlete, playing on turf. I mean no disrespect to the guys playing in the NFL and all of that. They are on the field for one, two seconds sometimes for a play. We run for one-and-a-half hours. That’s not an easy one.”

Henry wasn’t on the field last week as the Red Bulls offense went more or less on holiday in a loss at New England, where the Revolution plays on artificial turf.

David Beckham has also been outspoken about his distaste for playing on the faux grass.

Four Major League Soccer clubs, including all three in the rainy Pacific Northwest, play their home games on artificial turf.

  1. @C_Tobin - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    The game on Sunday is at Red Bull Arena, which is grass. The article implies that Henry might not play because it is on Field Turf.

  2. Steve Davis - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Yep. You’re absolutely correct. Fixed it up to clarify.

  3. jerichowhiskey - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    It was hilarious to get a reply on FB, that he thought Henry play at Gillette last year in a post by NER with Henry pictured as if he was going to play. Goes to show some just don’t check the line-up or player tendency and a front office willing to take advantage of that…

    Henry has never played a game on turf however much his team needs him out there.

    • meeremia - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      He has at least once, in Portland last year.

      • jerichowhiskey - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        You are right, and it was the only game he played on turf.

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