Thierry Henry, France soccer legend, sets his eyes on USMNT coaching vacancy

The USMNT is still looking for a coach after Gregg Berhalter‘s contract expired earlier this year, and one of those raising his hand and wanting another shot at coaching is French legend Thierry Henry, who stepped down as Belgium‘s No. 2 coach after the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

During an interview with him during the Champions League broadcasts, host Kate Abdo asked him if he would be interested in running for the USMNT job.

“What I can say is that, obviously, Roberto Martinez went to coach in Portugal and I’m not going with him. So, obviously, being No. 2 is not something I would like to do anymore. I respect the coach enormously. He gave me a chance when nobody else was doing it … but I would like to have a chance again,” he stressed.

Henry has the credentials to be USA coach

Currently, the USMNT is led on an interim basis by Anthony Hudson currently in charge, but Henry, 45, has coaching experience, leading Monaco in 2018-19 and MLS club Montreal Impact (now CF Montreal) in 2019-21.

And he was most recently assistant coach of the Belgian national team under Martinez, who now coaches the Portuguese national team.

“Do I know the players? Yes, I know the players. Do I know the league? Yes, I know the league,” Henry said.

Henry was clear that he wants to return to coaching, and says he is familiar with U.S. soccer.

During that same interview, Jamie Carragher commented, “U.S. Soccer, come on. You know what you have to do. You name the man. All you have to do is stop MLS for a couple of months, and he’ll be in.”

“He’s a world champion, a European champion, he knows the league. The players respect him. Let him come in,” he concluded.