Thursday, April 10, 2008

Et tu, Titi?

On Monday the new Seattle MLS team name was revealed--Seattle Sounders FC--and rumors have percolated surrounding the announcement that former Arsenal talisman and current Barcelona striker Thierry Henry was being recruited by Seattle squad.

Titi has not had the greatest season at the Nou Camp having not performed to expectations and revealing he has missed his daughter and now the Catalan club is accepting offers for Henry.

It makes natural sense that he would be linked with a team that hasn't played a match yet, is 9,000 miles away from his daughter as is miles below the standard of play of Barca.

Nope, not a PR stunt....not at all.

It's rumored that Seattle is in "advanced negotiations" to acquire him, whatever that means. Despite the ludicrousness of this rumor and suspect timing, it will not die when Henry has proclaimed his love for the US and Paul Allen's deep pockets associated with Seattle Sounders FC.

The London Sun reported on its Web site Wednesday that Seattle MLS is willing to offer Henry $297,000 a week to come to the States. Henry has expressed interest in playing stateside.

"I always say that one day I can play over there," Henry told The New York Times in November. "I would love to. It's still early. Don't get me wrong, I just love the U.S. I don't know why. I love the way you live. I love American sports. For me, it's a dream to go to training and then see a game of football, basketball, whatever game."

He might be the only French national to currently say he loves the US. Let me just set this straight...Henry will not be going to Seattle. He will not earn $297,000 a week ($15.4 million/yr). Beckham makes only $5M per year in salary with a cut of merchandising. Henry could cut the same deal, but he's not going to increase merchandise sales any more than Beckham.

A fun rumor, but not gonna happen.

[Photo Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh]


The NY Kid said...

But he may, in fact, be headed to Man City.

Anonymous said...

I live in Seattle, I love this rumor. Shush! Let us enjoy it for a while.

In fact, I like to tease my wife and name other French players that should join. Viera, Zidane, Cantona. C'mon, they'd PWN the MLS!

The Fan's Attic said...

As an avowed Seattle Sounders hater, I will do anything to poo-poo any positive rumors for the squad until Portland gets its own MLS team.

Ian said...

When Henry does come to the MLS, and yes I think its almost a given, he's not going to play in the Pacific Northwest (no offense). New York is really the only logical choice, as he could come in an replace Angel, while Altidore will hopefully be kicking ass for Real Madrid.

strong like bull smart like tractor said...

I know it's too good to be true, but let me continue to delude myself for a little longer, please. It would be nice to actually be able to root for the man, for a change.

hockalees said...

I hope he ends up in the MLS over returning to the EPL, where I would have to watch him play in a kit other than the red and white(and blue and yellow and redcurrant) of Arsenal. I am still not over his move to Barca.

And I think it is the only way I can get my son to wear an MLS jersey.

Goat said...

Perhaps Drew Carey has kidnapped his daughter. That's the only logical explanation for such a rumor.