New York Red Bulls II finalize deal to play at Columbia University

Columbia University USL Red Bulls II

The Baby Bulls are taking Manhattan.

As first reported by EOS, newly formed USL side New York Red Bulls II have finalized a deal to play part of their season at Columbia University’s Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.

“Columbia has welcomed us with open arms,” said Red Bulls II General Manager Shaun Oliver in a club statement. “It provides our team with a great facility and a chance for our fans to see us play in a more intimate setting. We look forward to Columbia being a home away from home for New York Red Bulls II.”

The 3,100 seat stadium will host their first match on May 17th against the Charleston Battery.  The first half of the USL season will be played within the confines of Red Bull Arena, with a mid-summer transition to Columbia for the rest of the campaign.

New York Red Bull II debuted this weekend against longtime USL franchise, the Rochester Rhinos, playing to a 0-0 draw. They are back in action this Saturday, April 4th, with a match against Toronto FC II at 3:30 at Red Bull Arena.

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  • Austin tx

    This doesn’t make sense. When your fan base is from New Jersey and when you can play at a small stadium in northern jersey or something.
    Look at the capacity, 3,000 , and they couldn’t find anything in jersey.
    I think nycfc should make a USL team and it should play at the pier in Manhattan.

    • It’s a small way to have a footprint in NYC, while trolling NYCFC who are across the river in a baseball stadium. Eventually, NYCFC will form their own USL side and will need a home. Columbia the best spot, but if RB have a foothold there, it will complicate the blue scenario.

    • Anonymous

      You clearly don’t understand the local fan base. RBNY draws fans from the entire Metro area not just NJ. This not only annoys the blue team because, let’s face it, Manhattan is really “The City” but also helps solidify the team’s reputation as covering the whole Metro area.

      • Austin tx

        How many fans are red bull from the other side. The stadium never sells out and probably 70% of the fans come New Jersey.
        I understand transportation is not easy and people got work to deal with but red bull belongs to jersey.

        • Anonymous

          I appreciate your “assumption” about Red Bull attendance but the facts don’t support your argument. I’m sure Dave has much better demographic support than I do but I can tell you from experience there are many season ticket holders coming from the five boroughs, long island and Connecticut.

          This was the only team in the market for 20 years so of course there are fans from all over Metro NY who come out to see them play. If you just got into soccer this year then go ahead and pick between to the two but many people made their affiliation before NY2 was even close to a reality.

          If you live in the area, I’d encourage you to actually go to RBA. It’s a simple transfer from the subway to the PATH and, depending where you are (i.e. Mid-Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island) your trip to RBA is likely shorter than to Yankee Stadium.

          • Austin tx

            Nice inside information. I have been following MLS for more than 10 years.
            I didn’t really get to watch metrostars games due to the fc Dallas burn in texas and I would watch MLS games in Spanish. Yes in Spanish, it was funny and kinda of weird but channel TVAzteca from Mexico for some reason would show MLS every Saturday and some Sundays.
            I would also watch MLS on abc and espn and when Beckham arrived, MLS has never been the same, only gotten better.
            As for metro stars/red bull, I never thought they would have fans in Connecticut and Long Island. So in other words, a total rebrand is a must given that they their fan base is spread from jersey all the way to Connecticut. If garber knew this and has known red bull fans come from left and right, then why name the team red bull.

            • Anonymous

              Why do they need a rebrand? They have been marketing under the “We are metro soccer” slogan. More of that is needed, not a rebrand.

  • Austin tx

    Just saying.
    I know there’s teams out there named after their owners company but I’m not a fan of that.
    Metro stars red bull fans deserve better. Just saying :)
    I expected New York to have the have the second team in MLS to use the term “united” but I guess Minneapolis got lucky.

    • facebook_axelhernandeznyc

      I cried over Mike Petke again last night. Do you want to cuddle with me?

  • Hector Perez

    Ready to see the games, I love soccer, so, You’re welcome…

  • Anonymous

    Ali Curtis, Page 298:
    Step 1- build state of the arts facility in florham park
    Step 2- have reserves train there on 3 beautiful fields
    Step 3- play games there up until 2014 with good fan support
    Step 4- ignore facility that you already own & have team travel 2+ hrs for “home” games in another state
    Step 5- claim this as brilliant move

    • facebook_axelhernandeznyc

      1 – Cry over Mike Petke
      2 – Be so dumb to not realize this is to have a presence in Manhattan
      3 – Repeat

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