LOS ANGELES -- Greetings from Southern California, where I opted to spend some time with the U.S. women's team this week as it prepares for the Olympic qualifying tournament later this month in Vancouver. (We have MLS Draft coverage elsewhere on SI.com, so don't worry.) I decided to open up the mailbag this week for questions on Alex Morgan, Clint Dempsey, Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and a number of other topics. Let's dive in:
Just over an hour into Barcelona's Champions League semifinal elimination to Internazionale, Thierry Henry knew his time at the club was up. Barcelona, the holders, needed two goals to reach the final but instead of using Henry's experience from the bench, coach Pep Guardiola replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Jeffren Suarez, a 22-year-old rookie with just two first-team goals to his name. The snub could not have been more public, and it marked the low point of a terrible year for Henry.
With the recent announcement by MLS that teams will have the ability to add two or even three designated players to their rosters, the rumor mill is already rife with names of potential imports (one being Mexico's Pavel Pardo to the Galaxy). Leaving aside a detailed discussion of whether MLS will begin to morph into a league of haves and have-nots -- the quick answer being possibly, but only to a degree and certainly unlike that of European leagues because of the existing salary cap -- the question will be what type of players teams bring in.
This one's easy. Thierry Henry is a cheat. He helped France cheat its way to the 2010 World Cup by intentionally handling the ball to control it before crossing it for William Gallas to score les Bleus' equalizer in extra time against Ireland on Wednesday (RECAP).
Barcelona's signing of Thierry Henry from Arsenal was taken by some as a signal that the balance of power in European soccer was shifting towards the Spanish Liga and away from the English Premiership.
Going, going, gone. Words reminiscent of the time Team Limey sold off the last of the family silver to pay for its continuing love affair with liquor. But here they provide a synopsis of transfer situation of two of Europe's leading strikers and one who's tipped to rise to that caliber.