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Henry notes positive changes to MLS

FOOTBALL By Agencies | May 3rd 2020
Former France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry during the Press briefing at the Villa Rosa Kempinsky Hotel. Thierry is in the country to promote the game of football and also to meet and greet football fans tour by Guiness dubbed 'Be A front Row Fan,Meet Thierry Henry'.[Elvis Ogina.Standard]

There's been a shift in Major League Soccer in the relatively short time since Thierry Henry was a player.

The former Arsenal star, now the new coach of the Montreal Impact, played for the New York Red Bulls from 2010 to 2014. Back then, Henry said, MLS was still targeting players from Europe at the end of their careers. Like him.

But now the league is drawing promising young talent from Mexico and South America — signalling a progression from the old `retirement league' reputation MLS once had. The average age of players is skewing younger than a decade ago.

“That’s a sign that the league is evolving,” Henry said. Henry noted that MLS is retaining young talent, like LAFC’s Carlos Vela, who in the past may have gone to Europe.

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