Despite radio silence from the New York Red Bulls and Disney’s Wide World of Sports, EOS can confirm the team will participate in this year’s Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.
Red Bull Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh hinted last month that the team would enter a preseason “tournament” in Florida during a round table discussion with local reporters, but fell short of naming the Disney tournament.
The Red Bulls will be the fifth and final Major League Soccer team to join the competition alongside reigning Disney champions, the Montreal Impact, and Eastern Conference rivals Sporting KC, Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union.
Soon-to-be MLS side Orlando City S.C. will participate representing USL-Pro along with two unnamed international sides, completing the eight-team field. Each team will play four matches during their time in Orlando.
This will be the second time New York takes part in the Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. In 2010, the Red Bulls played in a condensed, three-day version of the competition, besting Houston on penalties and dismantling Toronto F.C. in the final to become the inaugural tournament champion.
According to Red Bulls Head Coach Mike Petke, players will return January 24th for their physicals and training following the MLS Draft. The Disney tournament takes place from February 19th through March 1st.