The U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Monday afternoon that the U.S. Men's National Team would kick off against Ecuador at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday, October 11.
The match marks the first ever appearance by the USMNT at the MLS soccer-specific arena. The national side previously visited the greater New York area earlier this year by battling Argentina to a 1-1 draw at New Meadowlands (now MetLife) Stadium on Saturday, March 26.
“We want to expose the team to as many styles as possible, and we know the quality of Ecuador,” said USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “We are also excited for the opportunity to play in Red Bull Arena. The stadium is one of the best soccer-specific venues in the United States and we are looking forward to playing our first ever national team match in Harrison.”
Ecuador also played in the greater New York City area earlier this year in an international friendly against Greece at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens on June 7. 39,656 supporters turned out for a match that at the time was the second-highest attended event in 2011 at the baseball-specific stadium, with a vast majority of the fans in attendance supporting La Tri in what resulted as a 1-1 draw.
Red Bull Arena has also hosted its share of international clubs this year, which includes Gold Cup appearances by Guatemala, Grenada, Jamaica, and Honduras in addition to an international friendly between Honduras and Columbia earlier this month.
The USMNT will take the pitch just three days after competing against Honduras at Sun-Life Stadium in Miami, Florida on Saturday, October 8.
First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.