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U-18s to face USMNT in Red Bull Arena 'soft opening'

Posted on 26 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today, Jan. 26, that the Red Bulls’ Under-18 Academy squad will face the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team on March 13, a Saturday, at 4:30 PM ET in the “soft opening” of Red Bull Arena.

“Hosting this event gives our fans a first opportunity to visit Red Bull Arena and it’s a great dress rehearsal for our game day staff,” said Red Bull New York Managing Director Erik Stover. “We are excited to host the U.S. U-17s in the build-up to the Grand Opening of our new home.”

Admittance to the soft opening is free, however, all fans must contact the Red Bulls at 1.877.RBSOCCER to acquire tickets beginning on Monday, Feb. 15 at 10:00 AM. Red Bulls Full Season Plan Holders will automatically receive tickets for their same seats prior to the match.

In addition, the club will distribute collection buckets at the match to benefit Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler’s nonprofit organization, Sporting Chance Foundation, dedicated to provide relief for the victims affected in the earthquake in Haiti two weeks ago.

Last season, the Red Bulls U-18s were led by forward Giorgi Chirgadze, who became the club’s first homegrown Academy player to join New York’s first team. The U-18s team is a part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system. They are one of four squads in the Red Bulls Academy, a cost-free program that aims to develop the best soccer talent in the tri-state area.

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will travel to Red Bull Arena from Bradenton, Fla., where 40 players train daily as part of U.S. Soccer’s full-time Residency Program. The current crop players, including Red Bulls Academy players Russell Canouse, Santiago Castano and Adam Najem, were all born in either 1994 or 1995. The U.S. team, led by head coach Wilmer Cabrera, is in the early stages of preparation for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the subsequent 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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