Thierry Henry applied to be the next coach of the United States national team: “I know the league and the players”

Thierry Henry left Roberto Martínez's work team as he wants to become head coach again (Photo: AP)
Thierry Henry left Roberto Martínez’s work team as he wants to become head coach again (Photo: AP)

The selection of USA still looking for a coach after the contract Gregg Berhalter will expire in early 2023. Thierry Henrylegend of France, wants to direct again after leaving the Belgian coaching staff under the orders of Roberto Martinez after the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It should be noted that the North American team was eliminated in the round of 16 against Netherlands and it has a large crop of young promises to exploit in the near future.

During the transmission of the Champions League on Wednesday, the journalist Kate Abdo asked the former Arsenal footballer if he would be willing to propose his name for the position of coach of the nation that will host the next World Cup alongside Canada y Mexico. “What I can say is that, obviously, Roberto Martínez went to train in Portugal and I am not going with him.”clarified Henry in a chat with CBS Sports Network.

And he added about the possibility: “So obviously being number 2 is not something I would like to do anymore. I respect the coach enormously. He gave me a chance when nobody else was, but I would like to be the main technical director again ”. The United States Soccer Federation has yet to name a permanent replacement for Berhalter, with assistant Anthony Hudson currently in charge as interim coach.

The former French forward had experience in the Montreal Impact of the MLS (Photo: USA Today)
The former French forward had experience in the Montreal Impact of the MLS (Photo: USA Today)

Henry, 45, has experience as a coach thanks to his time in the Monaco in 2018-19 and the Montreal Impact (now CF Montreal) of MLS between 2019 and 2021. He also had two stints as assistant coach for the Belgian national team under Martínez, who recently took charge of Portugal. “Do I know the players? Yes, I know the players. Do I know the league? Yes, I know the league. Would I like to be a selector at any level? Yes of course”assured Thierry, showing himself capable of assuming the position.

It is worth remembering that in addition to hosting the 2026 World Cup, the United States also will organize the Copa América 2024. Automatically, your study partner Jamie Carragher stepped in and shared his support: “US Soccer, come on. They already know what they have to do. Call that man. All they have to do is give it the tools to work. He won the World Cup, he was crowned in Europe, he knows the MLS. The players respect him. Come in, it’s time”.

The next commitments of the USMT will be next Friday, March 24 and Monday, March 27, where they will face Granada y The Savior respectively by the League of Nations concacaf.

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