Thierry Henry (pictured) and the New York Red Bulls will open their CCL schedule at home against CD FAS on August 26, 2014. (Photo: Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images)
HANOVER, New Jersey -- New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry says that Landon Donovan's decision to retire at the age of 32 hasn't compelled him to consider hanging up his own soccer boots.
The former France international, who will turn 37 on August 17, is in the final year of five-year contract with the New York Red Bulls.
"Well, I don’t know about that," Henry commented. "You know what, some of my friends are telling me that I still look fit. I don’t feel fit after games, though, but it is what it is.
"You have to respect anyone’s decision. As long as I can run, I will keep on playing. Sometimes it’s not only down to your body, it’s also what’s happening up there in your head. We’ll see. I still feel fresh somehow after a lot of games in my career, but I’m OK still, so far."
Henry certainly has been good enough this year to register an MLS-high 10 assists, while also netting five goals.
Only nine days after his birthday, Henry and his Red Bulls teammates will start their run in the CONCACAF Champions League with a home match against El Salvador’s CD FAS on August 26.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup champion said he respected Donovan's choice.
"It’s weird because when you think about the MLS and when you think about U.S. soccer, you think about Landon Donovan," he expressed. "The amount of games he’s played for the national team [and] the amount of goals. What he represents for you guys is a symbol. It was unexpected and you have to respect his decision.
"What a player he was and what a player he still is and he showed that [with] the way that he finished the pass the other night. The guy has quality. He will go down, for me, in history as, one of, if not the best player that you guys have ever had – or still have, for the moment. It’s a shame for the game, but you got to respect the decision of a guy that has done a lot for U.S. soccer."
The “other night” to which Henry referred was last Wednesday’s MLS all-star game in Portland, Oregon, as Donovan scored the game-winner in a 2-1 triumph over Bayern Munich.
Donovan replaced Henry in the 47th minute of what was possibly the former Arsenal star’s final all-star appearance.