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Henry likely to make MLS debut in Houston

Major League Soccer’s newest international star, French forward Thierry Henry, is scheduled to make his league debut in Houston on July 31 when the Houston Dynamo host the New York Red Bulls, it was announced today.

The signing of Henry, a prolific scorer for the French national team and several high-powered European clubs, was announced today by the Red Bulls. Houston will host New York on Saturday, July 31, at Robertson Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the match are available at or by calling (713) 276-7500.

A special ticket package including tickets for the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game and the New York Red Bulls match is also available for just $30 per person. The package requires the purchase of at least four seats and is only available by calling (713) 276-7500.

The former FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus FC and AS Monaco striker known for his sublime technical ability, sharp acumen, and nose for goal most recently represented France in the World Cup for a record fourth time. Henry, a member of the 1998 World Cup-winning side and leading scorer, has scored a national-record 51 goals and earned 123 caps for his country. Henry also helped France win the 2000 European Championship and the 2003 Confederations Cup.

Famous for his trademark No. 14 jersey, Henry most recently played for FC Barcelona, where he scored 49 goals and had a successful stint with the Catalan side. In his first season, Henry was the top scorer and led the team with 19 goals. A year later he went one better, not only scoring 26 goals, but being an integral part of the squad that went on to win six championships: the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Prior to joining FC Barcelona, Henry played for London-based club Arsenal FC. Henry rose to legendary status with the Gunners, becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer with 226 goals from 1999-2007. The French marksman was the top scorer in the English Premiership (2002, 2004-06) a record four times and helped his club win the Premiership championship in 2002 and 2004. Now 32, Henry also helped lead his team to three English FA Cups, and he won the European Golden Boot in 2004 and 2005.

During Henry’s first season, he recorded 26 goals – an indicator of his future success with Arsenal. In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Henry was a runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year and was the first-ever back-to-back winner of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. In 2005, Henry was given the captain’s armband and became the club’s all-time goal scorer with a brace against Sparta Prague on Oct. 17, snapping Ian Wright’s previous record of 185. He again was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, becoming the only player to win the award three times.

Tickets for Dynamo games and the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Houston’s Reliant Stadium are available via or by calling (713) 276-7500.

The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first four seasons and represented the United States in international competition in four consecutive years. For more information, log on to or call (713) 276-7500.