RBR is back on the road. We’ve packed our bags for the team’s preseason trip to Spain. Over the next two weeks, the Red Bulls will train in La Manga and play three friendly matches.

The team departed from Montclair State University on Wednesday night at 5 pm and headed to Newark Liberty Airport where they caught an overnight flight to Madrid, Spain. It took six hours and 40 minutes to travel the 3,766 air miles from Newark, touching down at 9:33 am local time (3:33 am ET).

Then it was through customs, collect the mountain of bags, and head for the bus for the five-plus hour bus trip down to the coastal town of Cartagena (Murcia) and the La Manga resort, a regular soccer training site for a number of clubs from around the world.

All of the players are on the trip, including captain Juan Pablo Angel, as well as the club’s five 2010 SuperDraft picks – Tony Tchani, Austin da Luz, Tim Ream Conor Chinn and Irvin Garcia.

“It has been a long day of traveling,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Hans Backe on the 18-hour excursion from New Jersey. “We’re excited to be here and are looking forward to getting some good training sessions in and play some competitive matches over the next two weeks.”

“Tomorrow we’ll begin preparing for our first match against CSKA Moscow,” Backe continued. “Our first goal is to get organized on the pitch ”

The 2010 pre-season in Spain marks the second time the club has travelled to the Mediterranean shores. In 2004 under Bob Bradley, the team played five matches as part of the La Manga Cup tournament. The club dropped the first match to Viking FC (Norway) before winning the next two against FK Boda (Norway) and FC Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine). That moved them into the semifinals, where they advanced past Real Murcia CF (Spain) on penalty kicks after a scoreless 90 minutes. In the final match, New York had a rematch against Viking FC and edged the Norwegian side by a 1-0 score to take home the tournament title.

RBR will keep you up on what’s happening in Spain throughout the trip. So check back throughout the day and the trip.


13 Responses to “RBR ON THE ROAD: LA MANGA, SPAIN”

  1. Cindy Says:

    oh wow CSKA Moscow! very nice competition, i like that team! i love their keeper Akinfeev, he’s sooo good for such a young guy! [23] and he’s the number one for Russia. best of luck Red Bulls, do work!

  2. Lee Says:

    are there any trialists with the team ?……………some names plezzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

  3. Petke Fan Says:

    Awesome stuff. We need at least one video of Petke at a restaurant trying to order food in Spanish, and one of Woly hazing the draft picks by making them walk the streets in womens clothes, collecting money for Haiti relief. It’s for a good cause, c’mon guys.

  4. Alle Says:

    I’m wondering about the trialists too! I hope Oka Nikolov (who is on the verge of retirement) isn’t on that trip, or any other keeper for that matter. We have Bouna, and even though he might be recovering from injury at this point, it would be an insult to try and replace him seeing as he only just came in last season.

    Looking forward to the results!

  5. MetroFanatic Says:

    You’re off about La Manga in 2004. They lost to Viking and beat Bodo/Glimt in the group stage. They beat Dinamo Kiev in the semis. The Real Murcia game was not part of the tournament.


  6. PremSoccerShop Says:

    Very curious to see how things go vs. CSKA…would love to actually watch the game. Also curious about the trialists…trying to think…did anyone make the team last year who was in the same boat? Best of luck guys! Good reporting RBR…

  7. Pico Says:


    can you confirm the list of games to be played? I checked La Manga’s website schedule and it appears the NYRB will only play two games. There were no games listed against CSKA nor Rubin Kazan.


  8. Tim F. Says:

    Thanks for the following team as they train in Spain. I have three questions:

    1. Can Hans or Richie answer whether the team is already actively looking for additional players at certain positions (and if so which ones — centerback, center mid, forward and right mid) — or do they have a wait and see attitude while inviting some trialists to camp that have been in touch with RBNY.

    2. For John Wolyniec: If there is no CBA in place as of next weekend, how does that impact the players’ participation in the remaining days of training there if at all?

    3. For Erik, Hans, Richie or Jeff, unless the new CBA changes the roster size/timing, by what date does the team need to get down to a roster of 24 players?

    Good luck Red Bulls. See you on the 20th of March!!!

  9. Carter Says:

    Will the team be playing cska’s reserve team?
    Thanks and best of luck

  10. The Endline » Blog Archive » MLS Pre-Season Week 1 Says:

    […] To avoid the cold of the Northeast, the New York Red Bulls have headed to Spain. […]

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