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Red Bull Arena To Host International Match

HARRISON, N.J. (Wednesday, September 1, 2010) – The South American national teams of Ecuador and Colombia will continue their rivalry in the New York metropolitan area by facing off on Friday, October 8, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. at 8:30 p.m. ET, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) announced today. The match, which will be played during an official FIFA window, allows the teams to call-up their internationally-based players and will be both teams’ first match up at the new Red Bull Arena.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. ET by calling 1-877-RBSOCCER, logging onto or visiting the Red Bull Arena Box Office, Delgado Travel stores and other usual locations in the metropolitan area.

Red Bulls Season Ticket Holders have an exclusive pre-sale window to purchase seats for the match starting tomorrow Thursday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 a.m. ET and ending on Friday, Sept. 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Season ticket locations are not guaranteed for this match and seats will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Discounted four-ticket packs for the match can also be ordered online or by calling 1-877-RBSOCCER.

Both teams will feature new head coaches. Ecuador is led by Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, who coached the Honduras national team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while Colombia will be coached by Hernán Darío "Bolillo" Gomez, who returns to the national team after leading them to the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

The Ecuadorian team features international stars such as Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia, Santos Laguna (Mexico) forward Christian Benítez, Rubin Kazan (Russia) midfielder Christian Noboa, and Villareal (Spain) midfielder Jefferson Montero.

Some of the renowned Colombians playing abroad include the dangerous FC Porto (Portugal) forward Falcao Garcia, AC Milan’s veteran defender Mario Alberto Yepes, Racing (Argentina) midfielder Giovanni Moreno, and Wigan (England) forward Hugo Rodallega.

This marks the first time that Red Bull Arena will host two South American teams and the match will commemorate the Guayaquil Independence Day of Ecuador (Oct. 9).