Henry announces he will not return to New York

Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Red Bull New York forward Thierry Henry announced on Monday that he will not be returning to the club for next season, bringing an end to his four-plus seasons in New York.

Henry arrived at the club midway through the 2010 campaign as a Designated Player after starring for Arsenal and Barcelona during his time in Europe.

But after New York's playoff run ended on Saturday with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference finals, Henry ended months of speculation about his future.

"I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls," Henry wrote on his Facebook page. "The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract and although that was never going to change, I didn't want it to distract from the progress of the team."

During his time in New York, the 37-year-old Henry appeared in 122 regular season matches, scoring 51 goals and assisting on 42 more.

The Frenchman also played in 13 MLS playoff matches, notching one goal and seven assists, including five this postseason.

Henry leaves the Red Bulls as the club's career leader in assists, while he is second all-time in goals after scoring more than 10 times in each of his four full seasons.

"Thierry Henry, an icon of the world's game, has been a wonderful player for the New York Red Bulls and a major influence on the development of MLS," said New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement from the club. "It has been a privilege to have watched Thierry's illustrious career unfold since he was 17 years old, and it has been a particular joy to watch him, at close quarters, lead the New York Red Bulls."