Mexican captain Rafael Márquez officially signed with the New York Red Bulls on 2 August 2010, joining ex-Barcelona teammate Thierry Henry in the Big Apple. “Coming to New York and playing in Major League Soccer was a chance that I could not refuse. I am committed to doing my very best to help the Red Bulls in their playoff push this year and compete for championships in the years to come,” Márquez said.
This is good for both New York and MLS. For New York, it adds a defensive stalwart (Márquez is both a center back and a defensive midfielder) and a leader at the back to augment Henry and Juan Pablo Ángel up front. Hopefully, for Red Bull fans, Márquez can help the team into the playoffs and, more significantly, help turn around the club’s middling history. The key is that he needs to stay healthy, especially since MLS is notoriously rough. For MLS, attracting a star in his prime years is an excellent step. It’s especially interesting that he chose MLS over the Mexican league.
Henry is off to a nice start with his new team. Márquez must be hoping for a similarly good beginning.