HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls announced Tuesday that the club will participate in the 2018 Mobile Sun Mini Cup in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. before opening the season with CONCACAF Champions League matches for the second successive year.

The Red Bulls will participate in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup, previously the Desert Diamond Cup, along with Phoenix Rising FC (United Soccer League) and several other MLS teams. Tucson FC (Premier Development League) will co-host the tournament along with Phoenix.

The Red Bulls will also hold exhibition matches prior to the tournament, with dates, opponents and broadcast info announced at a later date.

New York’s first competitive matches of 2018 will be the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 series, scheduled for Leg One in the window of Feb. 20-22, and Leg Two between Feb. 27-March 1.

The CONCACAF Champions League live draw will take place in Miami Dec. 18.