The New York Red Bulls will open their new stadium, Red Bull Arena, on March 20 with a friendly against legendary Brazilian club Santos FC.
The Red Bulls had been scheduled to open play at Red Bull Arena in their MLS season opener, on March 27 against the Chicago Fire, but the friendly vs. Santos should provide an enticing first match for the large Brazilian population that lives in the area near Harrison, New Jersey.
Santos is best known as the club that Pele made famous, though there has been no word on whether Pele will be in attendance for the Red Bulls-Santos match. Pele famously ended his playing career in a testimonial match between Santos and the New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium in 1977.
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