Barcelona to face Red Bulls at Giants Stadium

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Just two years after sellling out Giants Stadium in a 4-1 exhibition win against the Red Bulls, Spanish giant FC Barcelona is set to come back to New Jersey.

Barcelona will play the Red Bulls at Giants Stadium on Aug. 7th, multiple sources told SBI on Thursday. The Red Bulls had been in talks with Real Madrid about playing that same week but those talks fell through and sources say Real Madrid is now focused on a summer tour of the West Coast.

Barcelona features world stars Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry and the match could mark Henry’s first game at Giants Stadium.

The international friendly would be the first high-profile friendly for the Red Bulls since these teams last played in front of a crowd of 79,002 at Giants Stadium on Aug. 12, 2006.

What do you think of Barcelona returning to Giants Stadium? Is it too soon after the last appearance? Is it fair to say you can’t see players like Ronaldinho, Henry and Messi often enough? Share your thoughts on the match below.

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35 Responses to Barcelona to face Red Bulls at Giants Stadium

  1. Chuck says:

    I can watch Messi play a million times and it still not be enough. I’m very psyched. Jozy is going to tear up Rafa again!

  2. Chuck says:

    When should tickets go on sale?

  3. aristotle says:

    Given NYRB’s off season player transactions, I think they can win this time.

  4. Jeff says:

    It doesn’t matter. They always schedule these during the week. There’s no way I will ever get out there for a game on a weeknight.

    I miss the world championship series. I think it would be higher profile to do some tournaments with these teams in the summer rather than jsut random friendlies.

  5. Joe says:

    I think that you can never watch enough Barcelona if you care about the game at all. On a side note, it’s always interesting to see which players from the big clubs actually play in these exhibition matches. A lot of players will be recovering from either Euro or WC qualifying, but they always seem up for games in the states for some reason.

  6. rmiller says:

    This is great for NY. These games will always mean something because Barca doesn’t want to lose to an MLS team. I hope jozy has a hat trick.

  7. j1m says:

    this game could be played at 4am on wednesday morning and I’d still be there. Last time was awsome.

  8. rocky says:

    i think its a great how could you not like this. it will prob be another sell out, it will be a good chance for some barcelona players who will prob make the jump to mls at some point in their careers,(god i hope so)to get a look at a great american city. it just goes to show you that their are a lot of people in this country who like soccer, but only when the best players in the world are playing, fyi mls. Now all we need is the cba to expire so we can raise this rediculous salary cap.

  9. Tim F. says:

    It’s never too soon to have a repeat match against a team like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, etc. assuming the big guns show up!

  10. Barry67 says:

    It makes me ALMOST wish I lived up north so I could see it in person.

  11. Onionsack says:

    I hate these games. All the local soccer fans flock to them, it just reminds me how many fans out there are “too good” for MLS. Its sad really.

    Can’t wait to be in the stands to watch my team play with a bunch of elitist or poser douchebags who chear against the local team. [sarcasim]

  12. Jeff says:

    It would be so interesting if Jozy scored 2 or 3 goals against Real’s arch rival. How big would that bid become?

  13. Brandon says:

    Red Bulls plays Barcelona on Aug 7 and then DC on Aug 9th?? Sounds like the boys are gonna be tired.

  14. JSquaredNY says:

    I hear ya Onion. Although those elitists drive me nuts, it would be so sweet to see RBNY pull out a win.

    I’m psyched for this one!!!

  15. kpugs says:

    Onionsack, no need for the sarcasm tag, because you’re 100% right. I lost count of the percentage of fans who were rooting for the frigging Galaxy in that 5-4 thriller, and on the way out of the stadium we made sure to tell as many as them as we could just how pathetic they were.

    Also I find it amazing that no matter how good some news is, there is always going to be someone whining and complaining about it.

  16. jevanvoo says:

    I hate that it’s on a Thursday : (

  17. froboy says:

    as far as I can tell the Olympics football competition starts on the 6th of august, so i feel like Jozy probably won’t be there and maybe not Messi either

  18. Rich says:

    Given the way they dismantled Celtic FC on Wednesday. My prediction 6-1. One goal by Altidore if he’s still here in NY.

  19. smokarz says:

    looks like the red bulls is looking to unload Jozy to Barca for $$$$$

  20. inkedAG says:

    Last time I waited too long and was s**t outta luck for tix. This time I am gettin em!!!

  21. stencom1 says:

    No brainer! When do tickets go on sale?….

  22. groovester says:

    according to the Olympic schedule I saw, the soccer competitions runs Aug.6-23, so I doubt Jozy will be playing against Barcelona.

  23. Pete says:

    I’m actually quite disappointed about this; we just saw pretty much all of these players (sans Henry, Yaya Toure and a few others), and I was looking forward to seeing Madrid. I know it’s hard to argue about getting another chance to see Messi, but considering I work nights and will be taking the next day off to see Radiohead, I’ll be skipping this one.

    And I’m with onion…I’m much more upset over the fact that I’ll be missing the DC game two days later than this one.

  24. A.S. says:

    I don’t recall – do they lay grass over the Fieldturf for these matches?

  25. reid says:

    New Jersey should step up and offer to put Barca up in a hotel in Newark

  26. ohboy says:

    Good luck, Red Bulls. You’ll certainly need it.

    I’ll be kind, and predict a 3-1 win for Barca

  27. Joamiq says:

    Jeff,
    The last Barca game was on a Saturday.

    It’s never too soon to see Barca again, but I’ll be rooting for NY just like last time. When Youri scored and I started jumping up and down, all the random people around me looked at me like I was crazy. But guys, these are our chances to draw these fans into MLS. If we put on a good show, then maybe they’ll come back to watch some games that matter.

    I too worry that they’ll be tired for DC, a game that matters much more.

    Pete: I thought they hadn’t announced the Radiohead August tour dates yet…

  28. Onionsack says:

    These games NEVER bring in new fans to MLS. All it does is bring current fans and a bucnh of people taht love soccer and don’t care about MLS. Why does everyone always think “this time it will be different”?

    We have played many many club friendlies here with Metro and that never did crap. Bayern, Gatalasary, Barcalona, etc.

    Concentrate on building your club in the local community and get people to care about your club, thats how you build fans, not by upstaging your own product on the field with a better quality product.

  29. Charlie N. says:

    I heard they were going to move the D.C. game to Sunday..

  30. Andrew says:

    Don’t expect to see messi at that game with argentina playing in the olympics.

    Probably count altidore out as well.

  31. Pete says:

    Joamiq,

    Pitchfork and other sources are reporting Radiohead will be headlining the first two nights of the All Points West festival in Jersey City on the 8th and 9th. http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/48841-radiohead-to-play-all-points-west-festival—twice

    That would be glorious if they moved the DC game to Sunday — what a weekend.

  32. Mike O says:

    If RBNY can manage to keep the game within 2 goals and keep their play competitive for the majority of the match this will show some progress for the side as well as the league. Even an MLS All-Star team would have trouble against Barca. Speaking of which, who is the MLS playing for their All-Star game this year? That’s proven to be the most compelling international friendly of the season over the past few years.

  33. Ed Ho says:

    I tend to agree with Joamiq. The more soccer fans in the US the better. And, soprts fans in the US want to see the best athletes in the World. This gives fans a chance to see both a great club team and also judge how MLS is progressing.

    I think this is much better than two European teams playing in NY, which is probably the alternative.

  34. Mikemike says:

    mmm radiohead.

  35. Shaneman says:

    Argentina has an Olympic game on August 7th. Where will Messi be?