A combined U18 and U16 New York Red Bulls Academy side will take on the U16 Atlas (Mexico) side following the Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer match on Saturday, September 11 at Red Bull Arena. The MLS match will kick off at 4:00 PM ET.
Atlas is a historic Mexican club renowned for developing young talent, including the Red Bulls’ own Rafa Marquez, who came up through Atlas’ youth system and began his professional career for the Guadalajara-based side in 1996.
The U16 Atlas side earned the trip to New York and the right to play at Red Bull Arena by winning the Red Bull Battle Del Toro last month in Texas. Atlas defeated Chivas, 2-1 in the final.
Red Bull Battle Del Toro is a spirited, fiercely competitive homage to the Battle of the Alamo – soccer style. Throughout this three-day tournament, four U16 teams from Texas, featuring some of the state’s biggest phenoms, clashed cleats with four U16 teams from Mexico, boasting some of the country’s top emerging stars.
The teams that competed were: Club America – Mexico City, Tigres UANL – Monterrey, Atlas – Guadalajara, Chivas de Guadalajara – Guadalajara, Classics Elite – San Antonio, Dallas Texans – Dallas, FC Dallas – Dallas, and Albion Hurricanes – Houston.
All matches were played at the STAR Soccer Complex, the premier soccer facility in South Texas.