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Revolution Notebook

Red Bulls pony up for Henry

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / May 16, 2010

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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.

Exhibition debut
Serbian defender-midfielder Ivan Gvozdenovic attended the Revolution-Earthquakes game last night and will make his debut against Benfica in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Gvozdenovic, 31, who has made seven appearances for Serbia’s national team, could join the Revolution on a free transfer from Kavala in Greece.

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.

The ultimate goal
Zak Boggs started at left wing for the second successive game, scoring twice in his starting debut as the Revolution lost, 3-2, at Columbus last Saturday.

“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.’’

Weary warriors
Coach Steve Nicol on the Revolution’s difficulties with injuries and suspensions: “I think you see the team we’ve been putting out recently. I think one of the biggest factors was fatigue. We could see with 25 minutes to go that guys were beginning to flag. Not just the guys we brought off, but the guys that were still on have played in all these games we’ve had. Again, to be playing the games we have and to keep going and get a clean sheet, is good.’’

Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at f_dellapa@globe.com.

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