HARRISON, NJ (Monday, July 23, 2012) –Red Bull Arena announced today Barclays and Under Armour as Title and Presenting sponsors of the inaugural Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour, which will see the New York Red Bulls host Barclays Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, July 31 at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3 in the United States, as well as selected European territories on ESPN UK. The match will also be shown taped-delayed on MSG Networks locally starting August 1.
“We are excited to welcome Barclays and Under Armour, two great global brands in their respective categories as partners in this international event at Red Bull Arena,” said Chris Heck, Red Bulls President of Business Operations. “We are looking forward to working with both of them in this New York event.”
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Barclays New York Cup between Tottenham Hotspur of the Barclays Premier League and the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer,” said Gerard LaRocca, Chief Administrative Officer, Americas, Barclays. “As a long term partner of soccer, and a sponsor of a 2010 tournament at Red Bull Arena with both of these teams, it is a real pleasure to be involved in bringing two of the best teams from both sides of the Atlantic together once again.”
“Barclays commitment with global soccer is certainly tangible in their long time title sponsorship of the Barclays Premier League,” added Heck.
”Tottenham Hotspur is one of the world’s most exciting football club’s and we’re honored to be their new technical partner,” said Matt Mirchin, Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Sports Marketing, Under Armour. “Their match against the New York Red Bulls is a great opportunity for US fans to see world-class football and the club's new Under Armour kits that will help Spurs players perform their best.”
“Under Armour is a solid American company that has developed a great reputation in the sports world and is now making a significant move in the world’s game, as shown in their kit sponsorship for Tottenham,” finalized Heck.
Red Bulls Full Season Ticket Holders will have this match included in their plans as “Event 18” (out of 20). Season Ticket Holders will have access to an exclusive team meet-and-greet, as well as an open practice and autograph session. Fans can purchase tickets for the match by logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com or calling 1.877.RBSOCCER.
Tottenham, also known as Spurs, finished fourth in the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League. The London-based club boasts a number of top international players including Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale, Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart and former U.S. Men’s National Team standout goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
Tottenham came to Red Bull Arena on July 22, 2010 as part of the Barclays New York Challenge and won, 2-1, behind goals from Robbie Keane and Bale. New York forward and former Arsenal
FC star Thierry Henry made his Red Bulls debut in that match and scored in the first half. The Red Bulls have a 1-1-1 record all-time against Barclays Premier League sides.
About New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls is one of 19 teams that comprise the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States – Major League Soccer. On the field, the team is led by FIFA World Cup, European Championship and UEFA Champions League winner Thierry Henry and his former Barcelona teammate, Mexican National Team Captain Rafa Márquez. The team is coached by third-year manager Hans Backe, a finalist for the league’s Coach of the Year award in 2010. In March 2010, the Red Bulls moved into their new home, Red Bull Arena, a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, NJ, known as the top venue of its kind in the country. The Red Bulls have qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs for two straight seasons and eight of the past nine years. The New York Red Bulls are owned by Red Bull GmbH, the world’s No. 1 energy drink maker. For more information, log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com or call 1.877.RBSOCCER.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.ua.com.