The New York Red Bulls and Croatian American Charitable Foundation have teamed up to host the 1st ever “Croatian Heritage Night” for the NY Red Bulls/NE Revolution match on Friday June 10th, 8:30pm at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The “MLS game of the Week” will be broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer Channel and its nearly 40 million cable subscribers.
“Croatians are one of the most passionate and dedicated soccer fans in the world today.”, said John Peros, Board Member of the CACF, “We are thrilled that the Red Bull organization recognize and are supporting the Croatian Community in the NY Tri-State area.” It is estimated that there are over 120,000 Croatians that live within the NY-Tristate Area with an additional 50,000 that reside in the South Jersey-Philadelphia region.
At last year’s Barclays Cup Challenge over 20,000 fans, many of them Croatian, came to watch the NY Red Bulls play the Tottenham Hotspurs with Croatian players Luka Modric, Vedran Corulka and Niko Krancjar.
Peros added, “We had Croats by the thousands come out to watch that game so the fans are there. These types of events galvanize our community so I expect a huge turnout for the game. It will be a night to remember.”
A portion of each ticket sale will be donated by the Red Bulls to the CACF and its ongoing demining efforts in Croatia. Tickets can be purchased on the Red Bulls website ( www.newyorkredbulls.com ) or CACF website ( www.croatiancharities.com ).