NY Minute: No Arsenal loan for Henry, Queiroz denies RBNY link, Soccer Night in Newtown, Bloomberg pushes NY2, more

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Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America

One little word put an end to weeks of speculation surrounding Thierry Henry’s potential loan move to Arsenal.


That was Gunners boss Arsene Wenger responding to questions on whether or not Henry would indeed make the long expected move back to the Premiership.

Just one year ago, the French legend made a glorious comeback for Arsenal, coming off the bench and scoring the winning goal against Leeds United to advance in the FA Cup. When all was said and done, he netted two goals to add to his legendary tally through seven appearances. Now, instead of pursuing another loan with the club he loves, Henry will be invited to train with the side and continue to nurture 23 year old striker Theo Walcott for the foreseeable future.

2013 is Henry’s final contractual year in New York.

There is plenty to catch up on this week, so why not dig in! Here is this week’s New York Minute:



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Friends in high places? MLS Commissioner Don Garber has them.

Mayor Bloomberg, who makes a habit of setting lofty goals for the New Year, has listed amongst his wish list the desire to bring MLS to Flushing Meadows Park according to the New York Times.

Is it any wonder we listed so many NY2 related items in our “13 soccer stories for ’13” offering yesterday?



Arab media delighted in an open letter from Carlos Queiroz responding to an MLSSoccer.com article linking him to the Red Bulls open head coaching post.

“Without a doubt, we will talk about consecutive victories in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in the new year. There is nothing to say. I wish you all a happy new year,” Queiroz wrote.

From what EoS has uncovered, Queiroz was never contacted by New York despite reports. He simply stated interest to related parties with the message that he would not entertain any move unless he was approached by the organization first.

Queiroz is currently the head coach of the Iranian National Team.



Chris Canetti, the current President of Business Operations with the Houston Dynamo and former Metrostar/Red Bulls executive, is a Connecticut native. Needless to say, the Newtown tragedy hit home for him more so than others.

Many ask “What can I do?” when facing a tragedy like this. “How can I help?”

Well, Canetti dipped into the one true resource he had at hand that could bring some inspiration to the lives of the children and families affected by this terrible tragedy. Over thirty professional soccer players from across MLS, including legendary American soccer stars like Mia Hamm, Tony Meola, Alexei Lalas, Kristine Lilly, Mike Burns, Christie Rampone and Eric Wynalda, are taking some time to meet with the community for a private event dubbed “Soccer Night in Newtown.” The MLS contingent is led by Landon Donovan and includes representatives from all 19 MLS teams.

The Red Bulls will also be in the mix with Kenny Cooper, Heath Pearce and Ryan Meara lending their support to the cause.

“I’m looking forward to getting together with players from around the league and supporting the community of Newtown,” said Cooper. “Hopefully we can help put some smiles on their faces and have some fun kicking the soccer ball around.”

“It’s hard to imagine what the families of the victims and the community must be going through at this time,” said Pearce. “Nothing we do can change the outcome of the events, but we will do whatever we can to support them and help in any way possible.”



Is there a better way to kick off the New Year? Messi’s face covered like it was hit by a cream pie and then, out of nowhere, he speaks Japanese? Product of the year. Make sure to watch – again and again and again. (H/T KCKRS)