Over the years, a number of EUSA teams have attended Major League Soccer games and had a chance to meet the players of the NY Red Bulls (formerly the MetroStars). Some have even had a chance to play mini-games during the half-time intermissions.
But on April 15, the Edison Red Bulls, a U-9 Boys travel soccer team will have the distinction of being the first EUSA team in club history to escort the NY Red Bulls’ starting 11 players in their 2007 season home opener. A very rare opportunity, the Edison Red Bulls were offered the chance when the team, newly formed for the Spring 2007 travel soccer season, decided to do something that would help the boys bond as teammates. The boys will join former U.S. Men’s National Team Captain Claudio Reyna, veteran Dema Kovalenko, sophomore talents Marvell Wynne and Josmer Altidore, and the rest of the NY Red Bulls starting players and arrive to the cheers of thousands of fans anxiously awaiting the kick-off of what promises to be a winning season for our local MLS side. At half time, the boys will return to the pitch as they play in a friendly mini-match against another club that will be attending the game as well.
This event is a continued showing of EUSA’s rededication to emphasizing the development of players and coaches, as the opportunity given the Edison Red Bulls was the result of EUSA’s long-standing partnership with the Red Bull NY organization.
While EUSA has long been a youth partner of the Red Bulls organization, 2007 marks the first year that EUSA joins a select few clubs to become a Red Bulls Student of the Game partner. EUSA entered into this partnership back in February and the official announcement will be made in the coming days (watch this website and www.nyredbulls.com
for more information).
While we can’t promise that we’ll get another chance to have an EUSA team escort the NY Red Bulls players again this 2007 season, there are always opportunities for EUSA teams to attend matches by purchasing discounted tickets to any NY Red Bulls home match. More details will be posted here soon.