The 2013 Supporters’ Shield winning New York Red Bulls announced today that they will face English club Arsenal FC on Saturday, July 26 at Red Bull Arena at 5:00 PM. The match pits current New York captain and legendary Arsenal forward Thierry Henry against the club where he scored a record 226 goals in all competitions.
The game will be Arsenal's only match on its visit to the United States. The Arsenal first team last visited the United States for an exhibition match with Independiente of Argentina in Miami, Florida in 1989. It will be Arsenal’s second encounter with the Red Bulls in three years, following a 1-1 draw at the 2011 Emirates Cup.
Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry: “It goes without saying that hosting Arsenal at Red Bull Arena will be a special moment for me both on a professional and personal level. As I have said before, the club is in my heart and this will be another terrific chapter in my relationship with Arsenal Football Club. Along with my teammates, I am excited to host Arsenal in New York – one of the greatest cities in the world – and hope that Red Bulls and Arsenal fans will be able to enjoy the match."
Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh: “Under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal FC has established a style and approach to soccer that is globally recognized and admired. The quality and caliber of talent that has played at Arsenal is personified by our own captain Thierry Henry – an Arsenal legend. We are thrilled to host Arsenal at Red Bull Arena in what should be a very special day for Thierry and supporters of both clubs.”
Red Bulls Chief Financial Officer Luis Miguel Garcia: “Arsenal FC is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable global soccer brands and we are excited to welcome them to the United States and New York. Aligning with our goal to be the country’s top soccer franchise, we are delighted to bring such a marquee club to Red Bull Arena for our fans. We expect that this will be one of the top local sporting events in the area this summer.”
Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis: “We are delighted to be visiting the United States for the first time in 25 years. We enjoy fantastic support there and in particular in New York so we are looking forward to providing our fans with an opportunity to watch the team play live.
"The fact that Thierry is the New York Red Bulls’ club captain makes this a particularly special fixture, and everyone involved with the Club is looking forward to it.”
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger: “This will be a great chance to play in front of supporters who have not seen the team play before. The New York Red Bulls will be midway through their season, so they will provide a good test. Obviously it will be good to play against Thierry. He is a very special player in our Club’s history and I know my players and the supporters will enjoy this very much.”