By Kevin Mooney
The 2012 MLS season -- Thierry Henry's third with the New York Red Bulls -- is underway. To help welcome Henry back to America, the NYC Arsenal Supporters are working with the Red Bulls to hold a special event honoring the Arsenal legend. And you can join them.
At 4 pm ET on Sunday, March 25th the Red Bulls play their home opener against Colorado Rapids -- Arsenal's partner club in MLS. Following the match, Arsenal fans who purchased tickets through the NYC Arsenal Supporters will have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Q&A with Henry, who will also stick around to sign some autographs.
The NYC Arsenal Supporters organized a similar event in September 2010. About 450 Arsenal supporters witnessed Henry scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 win. But according to NYC Arsenal Supporters president Kurtis Powers, the best moments of the day came after the match. "Henry came out and bowed to us," he says. "And later when a fan screamed out ‘What do you think of Tottenham?' Henry replied ‘I think you already know the answer to that.'"
Powers has grander ambitions for this year's event. "I hope that this event is bigger and better than last time," he says. "We're hoping to sell 1,000 tickets, and we're already about halfway there."
"I hope Thierry really feels the support that he has back here in the U.S., and really feels our appreciation for what he did at Arsenal. I hope that he is so moved that even more fans have access to this kind of special event."
To attend the post-match event you MUST buy tickets through the NYC Arsenal Supporters website. There are two ticket options. The first option gets you a ticket to the game and the event after. The second option gets you the ticket and roundtrip bus transportation -- including refreshments on the bus -- to and from the group's home pub, The Blind Pig in New York City. All tickets will be emailed to you.
If you choose the former, Powers says many locals will still be traveling to the match together. "A number of us will march to the PATH train and sing the whole way there."
It's sure to be a truly unforgettable way to experience Arsenal - New York style.
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