The Montreal Impact of the Major League Soccer just pulled their biggest offseason move so far in their history.

But it does not involve a player.

Montreal on Thursday announced the signing of international soccer legend Thierry Henry as its new coach ahead of the new season next year.

According to British publication Daily Mirror, Henry signed a two-year deal with the Impact with an option for a third year.

“Henry will bring a new energy to our club. He shares our vision to elevate this club and will help us achieve our goals on and off the field. He is a competitor and a leader who has proven himself at the highest level throughout his career. He now brings these qualities with him to Montreal, a place he wants to be,” Kevin Gilmore, the team's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Henry's return to MLS in itself, however, made the American and Canadian soccer fans abuzz, even bringing their joy to Twitter like Dylan Walsh. 

Why not?

After a colorful professional career in Europe that saw him play for well-known clubs like Monaco, in which he was elevated to its first team from its youth program, Juventus, Arsenal, where he became a superstar, and Barcelona, Henry signed a multi-year deal with the New York Red Bulls after clearing some transfer matters with Barca.

While with the Red Bulls, the French international helped shape the MLS to what it is right now. In fact, he quickly became a fan favorite not just in New York City but in the entire United States.

 

He did return to Arsenal on loan in 2012 since the MLS calendar is entirely different from the Premier League calendar, that is, the Premier League is still ongoing while the MLS is in the offseason.

"Young and dynamic, he’s very familiar with MLS and meets the qualities we were looking for in our search," said Oliver Renard, the Impact's sporting director.

Just as the Impact announced the move, "Thierry Henry" quickly trended on Twitter.

Dave Martinez, for one, tweeted that he looks forward to the meetings between Henry and Montreal president Joey Saputo.

 

On the other hand, some Barca fans observed that Henry will be coaching Bojan Krkic in Montreal. They were teammates in Barca from 2007-10. 

Meanwhile, some Arsenal fans from Montreal -- and maybe all across Canada too -- quickly hopped into the Impact fandom following the signing of Henry as a coach. 

Thierry Henry Arsenal Red Bulls 2014 Thierry Henry (R) will go up against his old club on July 26 when the New York Red Bulls face Barclays Premier League affiliate Arsenal. Getty Images