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Red Bull Arena Opens With A Bang!

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Harrison, N.J. – After years of playing at Giants Stadium, the New York Red Bulls finally has a home of their own. On a night filled with fireworks and celebrities like Super Bowl winner Reggie Bush, Kelly Rowland, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Von, and former NY Cosmos great Franz Beckenbauer, the New York Red Bulls made their triumphant debut at the new Red Bull Arena by throttling Pele’s former club, Brazilian powerhouse Santos F.C. 3-1 in a friendly match in front of 25,000 fans.

Playing without their superstar, Juan Pablo Angel, the Red Bulls aggressively attacked and outmuscled the Santos. Newly signed Joel Lindpere scored the first ever goal at Red Bull Arena in the 11th minute. Two more goals by Tim Reed (44th min) and Dane Richards (45th min) gave the Red Bulls a 3-0 halftime lead. Although Santos F.C. demonstrated beautiful ball movement with their passing, they weren’t able to convert them to goals until the last minute of the game.  

After an embarrassing 2009 campaign, the Red Bulls organization had a busy off-season. With the hiring of Erik Soler as their General Manager/Sporting Director and Hans Backe as their Manager, the Red Bulls organization has made it clear that the team will not have another embarrassing season. With a new attacking strategy, the team had an undefeated preseason with a 7-0-3 record.

With the MLS season less than a week away, the Red Bulls have all the pieces to win and attract new fans. With a new arena, a new Manager, a new General Manager, and new players, anything less than a winning season will be unacceptable to Red Bull fans.

Next Match: Saturday, March 27, 2010 vs Chicago Fire (7PM)

Cesar Diaz covers Soccer for Latino Sports (www.latinosports.com). Send Cesar a question or comment for potential use in a future column at [email protected], or write your comments below in the comment section.

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