Red Bulls II Friday announced that they will play four preseason friendlies in preparation for the United Soccer League opener against Pittsburgh Riverhounds March 25.

The matches will see NYRB II face off against FC Motown Celtics, Harrisburg City Islanders, St. John’s University and Bethlehem Steel FC at the New York Red Bulls Training Facility in Hanover, N.J.

All four matches will be closed-door and not open to the public.

The schedule:

* March 4 – RBTF – 11 a.m. – FC Motown Celtics

* March 8 – RBTF – noon – Harrisburg City Islanders

* March 11 – RBTF – 10 a.m. – St. John’s University

* March 18 – RBTF – noon – Bethlehem Steel FC

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