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'Caps hopeful of Henry’s Vancouver debut 0

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

New Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

New Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

While First Kick is just days away and the excitement for a new Vancouver Whitecaps season builds, there’s also anticipation regarding a certain player on the visiting side finally making his Vancouver debut.

With the New York Red Bulls coming to town Saturday to open the 2014 campaign against the ‘Caps, the big question remains: Will star striker Thierry Henry be on the field?

The 36-year-old former French international, who is now in the final year of his Major League Soccer contract, has yet to set foot in Vancouver since joining the league in 2010. This is partly due to injury and partly to a refusal of playing on the artificial turf at BC Place.

In 100 appearances with the Red Bulls, the designated player has scored 42 goals and added 30 assists.

Yet, despite his draw as MLS’s most prominent player, there's been no word yet on whether the former Arsenal/Barcelona star will indeed suit up with it being the season opener

First-year Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson — a former Red Bulls assistant coach — jokingly told whitecaps.com he hopes Henry doesn't play. "Yeah, I'm sure he will." He then added, "I think the Vancouver fans want to see him play. And I want to try and beat New York with Thierry in the team."

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