The club today announced that it will hold an open training session on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at River Bank Park, in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. The open training session will begin at 4 p.m. River Bank Park is located at 618 Market Street, Newark, NJ, and is directly across the Passaic River from Red Bull Arena being constructed in Harrison. Following the First Team training session, the Red Bull Training Academy will hold a youth clinic from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with the players from the Ironbound Soccer club.

“The Ironbound has such a storied soccer history and is such a vibrant Newark neighborhood,” said Red Bull New York Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. “It should be a fun afternoon for the fans to come out and see the team prepare for its match that weekend in Toronto.”

The practice is a key event leading up to the Portuguese Day Festival that runs June 13-14, 2009, in the Ironbound. The Red Bulls will be a part of the two-day festival as they have been approved to shut down Van Buren Street, between Ferry Street and Lafayette Street, and will set up a mini soccer pitch as well as the Red Bulls Interactive Zone. Activities that will take place include pick-up soccer matches, a soccer-tennis court, as well as appearances by the Red Bulls Freestyle Soccer Team.

The Portuguese Day Festival is run by the Bernardino Coutinho Foundation and is in its 30th year. The Festival began as a commemoration of Portugal Day among the Portuguese citizens of Newark. Today over a half a million people visit the two day festival that not only celebrates Portuguese culture but includes food, music and traditions of Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador and other cultures of today’s Newark Ironbound residents.



  1. Chic Charnley Says:

    Sounds like better marketing. Showing prospective fans that it is real football that is played and not a gimmick is very positive. What happens on the pitch is the same anywhere in the world.

    Doesn’t even need to be winning football 🙂

  2. andy Says:

    Brilliant idea. Great way to involve the community and to work towards a prospective market.

    I just hope I can bailout of work and come watch.

  3. herzog Says:

    I am in brooklyn and would like to attend. Is this park near the PATH train?

  4. emilio Says:

    Very good idea.

  5. lou Says:

    great idea because this fan base is the fan base that will be able to easily access the new arena.

  6. J Says:

    Great idea, keep this up.

  7. lou Says:

    speaking of training sessions, are you guys going to be doing more training updates, i kinda miss those, and is their going to be a question and answer with mr. stover soon?

  8. rich Says:

    herzog. the path hits up at harrison which is right next to the stadium and right across from the stadium and river bank park is walking distance. Also Newark is a path stop too but its a little further walk.

    im interested in seeing the portugal day event and see what they do.

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