NY Minute: US Open Cup begins for local teams, MLS Sueno winner a Jersey boy, Yankee Stadium to run UEFA Final, more

lamarhuntusopencupPerhaps you didn’t get the memo, but the U.S. Open Cup is here, and the Tri-State area is ready to host some action tonight.

The Red Bulls U-23 NPSL side are traveling out to Atlantic City to face the Ocean City Nor’easters. The Nor’easters have enjoyed much success in their short history through the early stages of U.S. Open Cup, advancing to the second round in all four of their appearances in the tournament. This will be the Red Bulls U-23’s first experience in the competition.

Last season, the U-23’s owned their NPSL competition, finishing first in the Atlantic Division and reaching the NPSL semifinals. The team has also had talented players go through their ranks, including Juan Agudelo, Connor Lade, Matt Kassel and Sacir Hot just to name a few. If you are curious to see some of the future talent in the Red Bulls ranks, this may be worth a trip.

The teams are set to faceoff at 7:30pm at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, NJ.

Brooklyn’s Aviator complex will host another New York v. New Jersey match-up. The storied Brooklyn Italians take on former USMNT player Danny Szetela’s Icon FC tonight at 8pm.

The Italians are former US Open Cup Champions (1991) and NPSL Atlantic Division Champions in 2012. The club was founded in 1949 and has a strong grassroots following amongst the New York soccer scene. Much like the “Baby Bulls,” Icon FC of the USASA will be making their first appearance in the tournament.

The U.S. Open Cup continues to grow in interest and competition each year. Take a trip and check out some local soccer action.

Here is what else is happening around the New York City area in this New York Minute:

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JERSEY BOY WINS SUENO MLS

A nationwide search for the next top soccer talent brought MLS to Elizabeth, New Jersey where 14 year old Alexander Soto took home the grand prize; a shot at featuring with the New York Red Bulls Academy.

“My gosh, man, I’m happy,” he told MLSSoccer. “I just keep being humble, look forward, chase your dreams, and my dream is to be a professional player, and as I get older, I’m going to get better and better. I’m going to keep practicing.

“Don’t think that because you won, they say you’re good. You got to keep on practicing so you can get better and each day. I have to work on a lot of stuff. I want to get faster, get more technical, everything.”

For more on Soto, check out this great piece on the league site.

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YANKEE STADIUM TO HOST UEFA FINAL VIEWING

Chelsea v AC Milan in Yankee Stadium

May 25th is not only the long awaited all-German final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – it is also the date of the big Yankee Stadium friendly between Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC.

In order to satisfy everyone’s footy needs, the Stadium will host it’s first ever “UEFA Champions League Viewing” with a 59-foot-high by 101-foot-long high-definition centerfield video board of FOX Sports’ telecast of the UEFA Champions League Final (pregame coverage begins at 2pm). Kickoff of the on-field match at Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Individual-game tickets are still available for the full day of soccer at www.yankees.com/soccer and www.ticketmaster.com.

Tickets to the Spain and the Republic of Ireland match on Tuesday, June 11 will go on sale to the general public on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.

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ESPN-FC

NEW SOCCER SHOW “ESPN FC” SET TO LAUNCH

PRESS RELEASE – 30-minute News and Highlights Show Debuts August 11 as Extension of ESPN FC

ESPN will extend the company’s ESPNFC.com global soccer news and information digital brand with its first highlights-driven soccer studio show airing in the United States this summer. ESPN FC on TV will air year round (Sunday through Friday, primarily on ESPN2) beginning August 11, it was announced today at the company’s Upfront presentation in New York City.

The ESPN FC program will integrate several elements of the digital platform’s content via social media, the industry-leading ESPN Stats & Information Group’s data visualization analysis, and more. Digital versions of the program will be available on ESPNFC.com.

“Soccer’s popularity is at an all-time high in the United States as fans are now more familiar with the world’s top players, marquee clubs and national teams. ESPN FC on TV continues our leadership role in coverage of the sport across all media,” said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN senior vice president for programming.

“ESPN FC will inform, entertain and provide hard-hitting insight on the global sport of soccer,” added Guglielmino. “It will become ESPN’s signature program for soccer, bringing tremendous value to the company, our affiliates and the ad sales community looking to reach core and casual soccer fans in the United States.”

Sunday editions of ESPN FC will be a one-hour program – wrapping up the best highlights from the weekend’s soccer action while looking ahead to what the results mean to the teams and their respective leagues. Monday through Friday, the program will air for 30 minutes each day. ESPN FC on TV will replace the ESPN FC Press Pass, the global soccer discussion program on ESPNEWS, in the United States.

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AND FINALLY …

rbnylogoThe New York Red Bulls are up for auction! Well … sort of.

The Red Bulls have teamed with Charity Buzz to offer a unique bidding experience; “a catered lunch for up to 10 guests in the owner’s sky box to be accompanied by the Red Bull’s General Manager, head coach and 2 main stars on the New York Red Bulls, a private tour of the Arena after lunch, 4 Invitations with a parking pass to watch a regular season match in the owner’s sky box, 4 Passes to watch the pre-game warm-up before kick-off, Food and beverages in the sky box 2 hours prior to kick-off and throughout the match, 1 Authentic New York Red Bulls jersey signed by Tim Cahill and 1 Authentic New York Red Bulls jersey signed by the entire 2013 team.

Want to give a shot at winning this deal? Click the link and happy bidding to you!

  • jerichowhiskey

    Brooklyn Italians were the 2011 NPSL Atlantic Conference champions. RBNY U23 were in 2012. :P

    Can’t wait to get down to Ocean City. Should be a good time.

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