Feb 24, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT
Everyone knows that Thierry Henry can score goals. As one of the select group of World Cup winners who have played in Major League Soccer, the guy clearly knows his way around a soccer field.
Everyone may not know that the former French international (and third all-time leading Premier League scorer) is a real student of the game, someone who watches soccer constantly, including ample video study of MLS.
So when he says something like this, it’s worth paying attention to:
In an ESPNFC.com interview, Henry issued a hand-waving (quintessentially French) dismissal to any and all who don’t see Major League Soccer as a high-quality operation.
So, phooey to you, negative Nellies.
People [in Europe] have the view of MLS that it’s an easy league, that you can come here and score goals and it’s going to be easy. I keep on telling them, ‘It’s not that easy.’ You have to perform, you have to show people here that you can play and they’ll give you your respect, but not before that.”
Henry also mentioned something that I have heard for years and years, but something that always seems to escape broader broadcast: travel across such a big land and performance in the long months of taxing heat is a big adjustment for so many European imports into MLS.
- After winless October, USA drop out of top 20 in latest FIFA rankings 0
- PST’s MLS Rookie of the Year: Shipp, Hagglund, Akindele or Birnbaum? 0
- It’s official: World No. 3 Colombia to face USMNT in London on Nov. 14 0
- VIDEO: Top 10 goals of the MLS season (heading into the final weekend) 2
- UEFA Champions League roundup: Madrid clubs, Borussia Dortmund roll 0
- Three things we learned as Real Madrid rout Liverpool 0