AS Roma and El Salvador National Team to square off at Red Bull Arena on July 27

Red Bull Arena will host a friendly match between AS Roma and El Salvador on July 27

Harrison, NJ (Monday, July 2, 2012)- Red Bull Arena today announced that it will be host to an international friendly match between the three time Italian Serie A champions AS Roma and El Salvador National Team on Friday, July 27 at 8pm ET.

Tickets to the AS Roma vs. El Salvador match will go on sale to all Red Bulls Full Season Ticket holders, Red Bulls Stampede Memberships cardholders as well as AS Roma season subscribers in an exclusive presale on Tuesday, July 3. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 5 at 10:00 AM at www.newyorkredbulls.com.

“We are delighted to welcome AS Roma and El Salvador National Team to Red Bull Arena for this international friendly match,” said Chris Heck, New York Red Bulls President of Business Operations.  

The match at Red Bull Arena will be AS Roma’s final tune up on American soil, closing out the Giallorossi’s first-ever US Tour before returning home for their 80th season in Serie A play, Italian soccer’s top division.  Additional tour stops include international friendlys against top Polish club Zaglebie Lubin at Wrigley Field in Chicago and English Premier League standout, Liverpool FC at Fenway Park in Boston.

“We can’t wait to bring AS Roma to America’s finest soccer-specific venue and provide our passionate fan base in the Tri-State area with the opportunity to watch international soccer at its best,” said AS Roma Chief Executive Officer Mark Pannes.   “Roma has had an outstanding summer thus far showcasing its star studded roster, featuring four players competing in the UEFA European Championships 2012, highlighted by Italian National Team members Fabio Borini and Daniele De Rossi.”

El Salvador’s national team, led by Uruguayan coach Ruben Israel, is currently in the midst of its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign competing in CONCACAF’s Group B with Mexico, Costa Rica and Guyana.

“This game presents a good opportunity to give our team continuity as we prepare for the upcoming matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers,” said El Salvador FA President Carlos Mendez.  “All fixtures in La Primera will be suspended for the weekend to ensure we can bring a full strength team and we are looking forward to a competitive game that will surely summon the large Salvadoran community in the North East region of the United States.”

“As an ownership group we have made growing the Roma brand in the U.S. one of our top priorities and an international friendly in the footprint of the greatest city in America is a big step in the right direction,” said James Pallotta, Chief Executive, AS Roma holding company NEEP Roma Holding.  “The previous two stops on Roma’s US Tour are at iconic American baseball parks and it will be great to finish the tour against an elite national team from the Americas at Red Bull Arena, a state of the art facility offering fans an unmatched soccer experience.”

Tickets for the AS Roma vs. El Salvador on Friday, July 27 at 8:00PM at Red Bull Arena will be available by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com starting Thursday, July 5, 2012.

About AS Roma

Founded in 1927, the legendary AS Roma, plays in world-renowned Italian Serie A football league.  The Rome based professional team has won three Serie A titles, nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.  AS Roma’s youth academy regularly produces more Serie A players than any other in Italy.  The Giallorossi, whom call Stadio Olimpico home, is the only Italian League team to be owned by a group based in the U.S.  The group, based out of Boston, MA, is led by Raptor Group’s James Pallotta.

About Red Bull Arena

Red Bull Arena is the benchmark in North American soccer landscape and sets the standard for other soccer venues across the continent. The 25,000-seat, state-of-the-art facility, located in Harrison, New Jersey, is the home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer (MLS). The arena is structured to create atmosphere as fans in the front row are just 21 feet from the touchlines. Its dynamic roof is a curving structure that wraps the entire arena in an elegant metal shell to create an architectural statement of power and elegance. The roof extends 120 feet from the last seat to just over the field's touchlines, with 60 feet of the roof being translucent, letting in natural light.