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Report: Thierry Henry interested in USMNT job

Former France national team star Thierry Henry, who has ties to MLS as a coach and player, has expressed interest in the United States men's national team coaching vacancy, ESPN reported Thursday.

Henry, 45, scored 51 goals in 123 games for France from 1997-2010 and played in the World Cup four times. A star for clubs like Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona in Europe, Henry played 122 games for the New York Red Bulls from 2010-14.

In 2019, Henry was named head coach of the Montreal Impact, now CF Montréal. He led the club to the play-in round of the 2020 playoffs, but departed in advance of the 2021 season citing limited interaction with his family in England, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Henry's Montréal team had a total record of nine wins, four draws and 16 defeats across all competitions. He fared even worse during a previous stint as Monaco manager, winning only four of 20 matches in charge. Henry was most recently a member of the Belgium coaching staff starting in 2021 but departed after their disastrous 2022 World Cup group stage exit.

The USMNT head coaching spot has been thrown into limbo after Gregg Berhalter's contract expired after the World Cup exit at the Round of 16.

Berhalter was involved in a dispute with the family of USMNT forward Gio Reyna, but was cleared of any wrongdoing in regard to a reported assault more than 30 years ago against his then-girlfriend, who eventually became his wife. The couple has been married for 25 years. Berhalter was cleared to potentially be re-hired for his USMNT post, but the U.S. Soccer Federation needs to hire a sporting director first, with Anthony Hudson currently serving as interim head coach.

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