The regular season finale is Saturday (PROGRAMMING NOTE: THE GAME WILL BE AIRES ON MSG2 – CLICK HERE FOR CHANNEL GUIDE) and it is also the last soccer match to ever be played at Giants Stadium.  Despite some of the issues surrounding the club playing in the Meadowlands, there have been some great memories there and some extremelly well attended matches, both for the Red Bulls, the Cosmos, internationals, and World Cups.  RBR caught up with Juan Pablo Angel, Mike Petke, and John Wolyniec to get their thoughts on Toronto FC, ending the season on a high note, and their thoughts on the end of the Giants Stadium era, as the team is preparing to move into Red Bull Arena for the 2010 season.

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What are some of your favorite soccer memories from Giants Stadium?  Do you think the team can end the season and close Giants Stadium with a win?  Share your thoughts in the comments section.



  1. Jay Says:

    I have attended the Manchester United vs. Juventus, AC Milan vs. Juventus, and the USA vs. Argentina matches which were all great, but the most amazing match I’ve attended there had to be the first match David Beckham played there for the LA Galaxy. Not only were there 65,000 fans for an MLS match, but it was a great match to watch (though the defense coaches were probably pulling their hair out). Ultimately, a 5-4 victory for the Red Bulls, and just a fantastic experience.

  2. Matt Says:

    USA-Argentina is my best memory of Giants Stadium. I remember the skies opening up at the end. The atmosphere was electric – literally!

    • Cindy Says:

      it was pretty amazing when there was that torrential downpour the last five minutes of the game after a crazy hot day and an awesome game, Tim Howard was a-mazing!

  3. kofix5 Says:

    Like Jay said the best MLS match in history has to be that game with 65k fans. It was truly amazing. It was also pretty incredible to watch Kandji play his first NY game and deliver that timely cross to Mbuta last year. Seeing Angel float above everyone to deliver perfect headers from DVB is on the list,

    I’m looking forward to next season and a packed house on opening day!

  4. Alle Says:

    I remember being at the LA game last July when I came back from France, what a crowd that was. I agree Kofix, I was at Kandji’s first game as well, great setup on Mbuta’s goal! We can’t forget Cepero’s goal either, unbelievable.

    • Alle Says:

      Forgot to say: I’ll be in attendance tomorrow night, looking forward to it! After that, it’s the start of a new era at the Arena.

  5. francis Says:

    My favorite moment at Giants Stadium was 2006 N.Y. Red bulls vs FC Barcelona, the atmostphere was electric. Everybody in the building was doing the Mexican wave.

  6. Alle Says:

    That was crazy!

    Celades is retiring too, wow. It was bound to happen sooner or later anyway, good luck to him.

  7. Darwin Says:

    JPA is all CLASS. If RBNY knows any better they will keep him in the front office when h retires in a few years.

  8. Karbaz Says:

    The best memory I have at Giant Stadium, well there’s two really, one is seeing the MLS All Star Game there some years back and my favorite, getting to see Red Bull New York play against Barcelona a few years back. The atmosphere was something to behold and seeing the likes of Messi, Ronaldinho (when he was still good), Deco (when he was still good) etc was amazing. It was a decent game as well before Barcelona tired us out and ran the ball down our throats.

    With that being said, good riddance and about effin time. Screw you Giant Stadium, screw you NFL lines, now I get to watch my team lose in an awesome stadium :p

  9. Choclo Says:

    I’ll be there tonight.!

  10. Lou Says:

    The La game where the red bulls won 5-4 in front of 60,000 fans is one of my favorite giants stadium memories, but I can already tell that my favorite memory will be leaving that concrete coughin in the swamp for the last time, tonight.

  11. RNM Says:

    Anyone know when the game will/might be called? It’s pouring out, and doesn’t look like it will be letting up any time soon.

    • Karbaz Says:

      This is football (soccer) man, not baseball we play in the elements. We aren’t scared of a little water, if it’s thundering then we got a problem.

  12. RNM Says:

    Yeah, but it’s thundering and lightening. In any event, we were driving in from western NJ, and it was pouring so hard on I-80 that you couldn’t see, so we stopped for dinner. Oh well.

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