Man City, Spurs to play at RBA Tourney

Sporting Lisbon tentatively slated as fourth team

Roberto Mancini

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Red Bull New York and the World Series of Football announced today that English Premiership giants Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will participate with the New York Red Bulls in the 2010 New York Football Challenge that will take place from July 22-25 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon is tentatively slated as the fourth team in the tournament.  Ticket and scheduling information will be announced at a later date.

About the New York Red Bulls: The New York Red Bulls is one of 16 teams that comprise the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States – Major League Soccer. On the pitch, the team is led by captain Juan Pablo Angel, a former Premiership striker and finalist for the 2007 League’s Most Valuable Player award, and new head coach Hans Backe. The team recently kicked off its first season at their new home, Red Bull Arena, the premier soccer facility in the United States located in Harrison, NJ. The 25,000-seat stadium features a dynamic form roof that covers all of the seating and features 30 Skyboxes, three premium clubs, two retail outlets and a Kentucky Bluegrass field. Red Bull Arena is privately funded stadium and owned by Red Bull GmbH, an Austrian company that produces the worlds leading energy drink. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

About Manchester City: Formed in 1880, Manchester City are one of the oldest, most famous and best supported English Premier League soccer clubs. The club's most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they won the English League Championship, the FA Cup, the League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. Following a takeover by Abu Dhabi United Group in August 2008, a period of accelerated investment has seen the Club recruit some world class talent, including Carlos Tevez, Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Barry. They are now on the brink of their best ever placing in the Premier League era. City play their games at the City of Manchester Stadium, which was initially built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The stadium has a capacity of 47,350, which is regularly full for City games. So far during the 2009/10 season, their average attendance is over 45,000, the third highest in the EPL. They are coached by Roberto Mancini, who joined the club in December of 2009.

About Tottenham Hotspur: Tottenham Hotspur, also known as Spurs, is a Premier League football club founded in 1882. Tottenham Hotspur is a Club of firsts - becoming the first club to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960-61 season; in 1963 they became the first British club to win a major European trophy - the European Cup Winners' Cup. Victory in the 2008 League Cup Final meant that Spurs achieved the feat of winning a trophy in each of the last six decades, a record matched by only one other Premier League club. Tottenham Hotspur features in the top 15 of the Deloitte Football Money League, which ranks football clubs by revenue generated from football operations. The Club currently play their home games at White Hart Lane in North London and recently submitted plans for a new stadium development project that will see them move into a 56,000 capacity world-class stadium. This year the Club also began works on a new state-of-the-art training centre that will be one of the best in Europe. Tottenham Hotspur has a large fan base in the United States with established supporters’ clubs in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The Club has an official partnership with Major League Soccer team San Jose Earthquakes who are based in California and Spurs played in the United States as recently as 2003 participating in the Capital Cup against MLS side DC United. For more information visit the Club's website www.tottenhamhotspur.com.

About the World Series of Football: The Directors of The World Series of Football (WFS), along with a dedicated group of marketers, have combined to establish the company as one of the leading independent sports event management companies in the world.  During the last 10 years, WSF has organized 25 international football tournaments where 41 of the world’s leading club sides from 17 countries have competed.  WSF events have an unparalleled reputation for high-quality competition, efficiency of organization and ambience of presentation.  WSF maintains a close working relationship with international TV companies and sports media, which helps promote the global coverage of its events.