MLS: New York’s Red Bull Arena Opens with a Bang

After years of playing at Giants Stadium, the New York Red Bulls finally have a home of their own.

On a night filled with fireworks and celebrities like Super Bowl winner Reggie Bush, singer Kelly Rowland, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, and former NY Cosmos great Franz Beckenbauer, the Red Bulls made their triumphant debut at Red Bull Arena by throttling Pele’s former club, Brazilian powerhouse Santos F.C., 3-1 in a friendly match in front of 25,000 fans.

Playing without their superstar, Juan Pablo Angel, the Red Bulls aggressively attacked and outmuscled the Santos.

Newly signed Joel Lindpere scored the first-ever goal at Red Bull Arena in the 11th minute. Two more goals by Mike Petke (44th minute) and Dane Richards (45th minute) gave the Red Bulls a 3-0 halftime lead.

Although Santos F.C. demonstrated beautiful ball movement with their passing, they weren’t able to convert them into goals until the last mi...

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