[MLS] Is Major League Soccer ready to parlez-vous français? According to Paris magazine France Football, Thierry Henry, rumored to be headed to the New York Red Bulls, is just one of many French stars who could be headed to MLS this summer.
Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires, who like Henry played on France's 1998 World Cup championship team, are other big names who could join MLS teams.
Timing is a factor in favor of an influx of French stars. Their international careers are or will be finished after the World Cup.
Henry will captain France in South Africa, but Vieira and Pires are not expected to be part of France's 2010 World Cup team. All three players once played together at Arsenal.
MLS has modified its rules to allow teams to sign two or three Designated Players and take less of a hit in terms of how their salaries impact a club's salary cap.
Other French players mentioned include Ludovic Giuly and Camel Meriem, though Jerome de Bontin, the former Monaco president who has been actively involved in American soccer for many years, told France Football that about 20 French players or players who played for French clubs have contacted him about joining MLS.