Red Bulls pony up for Henry
FOXBOROUGH — A league source confirmed last night that Thierry Henry will join the New York Red Bulls, likely after the World Cup. Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz signed Henry to a contract that will include playing and promotional duties.
Henry, 35, who concludes the season with Barcelona this weekend and then play for France in the World Cup, June 11-July 11 in South Africa.
Red Bull has an advertising budget of more than $500 million annually and Mateschitz invested $300 million into Red Bull Arena, which opened this season in Harrison, N.J.
No offer has been made to Gvozdenovic, according to Revolution vice president of player personnel Michael Burns.
“We haven’t seen him play, yet,’’ Burns said. “But if he can play, we can use him.’’
Burns said Gvozdenovic can play left back or midfield on the wing or centrally.
Gvozdenovic followed a path similar to Marko Perovic to the Revolution, both performing for Red Star Belgrade and also under the coaching of Walter Zenga. Gvozdenovic played for Zenga with Dinamo Bucharest and Perovic performed for Zenga with Red Star. Gvozdenovic has played for seven clubs in seven countries.
“I played forward for, I don’t know how long, in the summers, in the [Premier Development League],’’ Boggs said. “So, I’m no stranger to that.’’
Boggs scored 48 goals in 64 PDL games for the Bradenton Academics and Central Florida Kraze, displaying a physical style and composure on the ball.
“You have to have some sort of physical attribute,’’ Boggs said. “If not, you have to be extremely smart — not saying I’m not.’’
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