HARRISON, N.J. (January 15, 2019) – The New York Red Bulls open preseason camp this week in preparation for the 2019 Scotiabank Champions League and MLS season. Players first report to the Red Bulls Training Facility in East Hanover, N.J., with trips to both Bradenton, Florida and Tucson, Arizona in the coming weeks.
Players will report tomorrow, January 16 for training at RBTF. The first preseason camp in Bradenton will begin on January 21.
The Red Bulls return to Florida for the second straight year, this time on the campus of the IMG Academy. New York participated in the IMG tournament in 2015, and last year played an exhibition match against the New England Revolution at IMG.
The Red Bulls will play a series of exhibition matches, as follows:
January 26 – IF Elfsborg, IMG Academy, Time TBD
January 30 – Philadelphia Union, Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, Time TBD
February 2 – Orlando City SC – IMG Academy, Time TBD
New York will then spend a week at home before departing to Tucson, Arizona to play in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup for the third year in a row. The 2019 Mobile Mini Sun Cup runs from February 6 – February 23.
Matches in the Mobile Sun Mini Cup will be available via livestream. Additional match details, including broadcast information for matches in Florida, will be announced in the coming weeks.
February 10 – Phoenix Rising, Time, Location TBD
February 14 – Real Salt Lake, Kino North Stadium, 1 p.m. MT
* originally scheduled for Feb. 13
February 16 – Portland Timbers, Kino North Stadium, 7 p.m. MT
February 20 – FC Tucson, Kino North Stadium, 3 p.m. MT
SCCL - RBNY vs Atletico Pantoja, 9 p.m. ET
February 23 – FC Dallas, Kino North Stadium, 11 a.m. MT
The Red Bulls will remain active in the preseason tournament while focusing on the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, which begins with Leg 1 of the Round of 16 series against Atletico Pantoja in the Dominican Republic on February 20.
In 2018, similar preseason plans paid off, with a mixture of reserve and NYRB II players earning valuable experience in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup while the Red Bulls took a 3-1 aggregate win over CD Olimpia followed by a 5-1 aggregate win over Club Tijuana in the tournament’s semifinals.