Have you ever wanted to take your photo on the pitch at Red Bull Arena? Now's your chance!
The first 100 social media followers that purchase tickets through this special link will be invited to take a picture on the pitch immediately following the June 24 match against DC United.
This is a limited offer available to only the first 100 fans who purchase through the special code.
The photo opportunity will start 15 minutes after the match and last for 30 minutes. Fans will have the opportunity to take a picture at one of three spots on the field (north goal, south goal or the Red Bulls' bull and sun logo).
After purchasing a ticket, fans will be contacted regarding where to pick up their wristband that will gain them access to the pitch.
Any fan who posts a photo from the event to Twitter with the hashtag #redbullarena will be entered to win four tickets to the Red Bulls' next home match on Sunday, July 15 against the Seattle Sounders. The winner will be randomly selected shortly after the event and contacted via a direct message on Twitter, so make sure you follow us (otherwise we can't message you!).
There's a healthy buzz around the Internet today following Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup action. And why not? The Red Bulls' 3-0 shutout win over the Charleston Battery wasn't the only exciting match of the night. In fact, the full night's worth of matches resulted in a number of upsets, as seven MLS sides were eliminated from contention.
MLSsoccer.com has an individual breakdown of each match, complete with a short summary of some of the most intense matches of the night.
Obviously the level of excitement of each match is up to a fan's own interpretation, but I doubt you'll find anyone who will deny the fact that the Harrisburg City Islanders vs. New England Revolution match was anything short of dramatic.
Once the Red Bulls defeated the Battery, it would come down to the winner of that match to determine the who, when and where of New York's fourth round Open Cup meeting.
New England played a majority of the match down a man, yet still closed out the first 90 minutes in a scoreless draw against Harrisburg. But, seeing as how each match up must produce a winner, a draw was not an option. During extra time, New England jumped out to an explosive 3-0 lead. At that point it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Red Bulls would be hosting the Revolution at Red Bull Arena. After all, a 3-0 lead is pretty much a lock in extra time, right?
Well, not exactly.
The City Islanders caught fire and scored three goals of their own to draw level in the additional 30 minutes of time. From there, Harrisburg closed out its rally with a picture-perfect finish in penalty kicks to not only advance to the next round, but also host the Red Bulls at Skyline Sports Complex in PA on June 5 (7:30 p.m. kickoff).
One of the reasons I love the U.S. Open Cup is the opportunity to discover American soccer in full depth. We can all find the top of the totem pole, the men’s and women’s national teams and MLS. But there’s a lot of soccer out there that’s not fully professional, that’s lesser adorned and not necessarily attached to network TV contracts.
One-by-one the results kept coming in Tuesday night, with each one seeming more unlikely than the last. On perhaps the wildest, most unpredictable night in U.S. Open Cup history, seven MLS teams were eliminated from the competition the third round, and the manner in which some of them were sent packing was downright shocking.
If the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup action turns out to be just as intense as the third, then fans will undoubtedly be treated to some more exciting soccer.
Mark your calendars: Red Bulls vs. City Islanders on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET
The Red Bulls hold relatively steady in Week 12 Power Rankings after the team closed out its recent match against Chivas USA with a 1-1 draw.
Tie or not, the Red Bulls salvaged a point and remain unbeaten in six straight. That alone is cause for many power rankings around the web to keep the club within the same Top 3 range.
With the next three weeks of the season occupied by U.S. Open Cup action, combined with the simultaneous break for FIFA obligations, we'll carry these rankings with us up until when we return to regular season play on June 17.
We'll start things off this week with Soccer by Ives, as they've ranked the Red Bulls the lowest of the three sites in this week's installment (and that's with the slight promotion from last week's fourth overall). Still, holding down the No. 3 spot in SBI rankings is nothing to shy away from.
"The Red Bulls' five-game winning streak is no more after being held to a draw by Chivas USA, but the club still has not lost since bottoming out in D.C. on April 22, and is just a point of United's pace in the East with two games in hand. With stars and starters returning to health, the Red Bulls are set up for a successful summer."
The next two, MLSsoccer.com and ESPN Soccernet, each ranked the Red Bulls second overall; which is to say, kept them right where they were in the Week 11 rankings.
"Even the stoniest of hearts in section 101 had to soften a little when Juan Pablo Ángel got that spectacular midweek goal. Their old captain may have helped snap New York's winning streak, but "unbeaten in six and getting healthy" is a nice tag to wear right about now."
"New York supporters paid their proper respects to former Red Bull Juan Pablo Angel, but would have preferred the Chivas forward not score in a 1-1 draw. New York's win streak was stopped at five but it remains unbeaten in six."
There ya have it. That's where the Red Bulls are ranked coming out of Week 12. What's your take on these rankings? Comment below.
Not only did the Red Bulls get their first victory of the 2012 MLS season Sunday, they also jumped three spots in MLSsoccer.com's weekly power rankings. Here's what they had to say:
"If you get gifted with an opponent that's missing its three best players, then you need to take advantage. That's exactly what New York did in pummelling Colorado on Sunday. Next step is doing it against a full strength Impact on the weekend."
Check out how others rate the team's recent success:
ESPN Soccernet: 9 (12)
"The Red Bulls were beneficiaries of Colorado's largesse in winning 4-1, but they also benefited from the insertions of Kenny Cooper, Rafa Marquez and Wilman Conde into the starting lineup, with Conde doing plenty to solidify New York's defense."
Sports Illustrated: 12 (12)
"We've seen this before from the Henry-era Red Bulls -- horrendous one game, impressive the next. Finding that consistency will be the challenge now that the club's major players (save for Luke Rodgers' visa issues and injured Juan Agudelo) are ready to contribute."
Also on Sports Illustrated, defender Wilman Conde and forward Thierry Henry made the MLS team of the week.