Red Bull Arena will host a friendly between two Colombia teams July 17. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

Red Bull Arena will host a club friendly between Colombian sides Atletico Nacional and America de Cali Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

Atletico Nacional, also known as Los Verdolagas, is based in Medellin and is one of only three teams to have played in every first division tournament in the country’s history. The team was runners-up to the 2018 Liga Aguila Apertura tournament as it lost to Deportes Tolima in a shootout. Atletico is one of the most successful Colombian clubs, having won the league 16 times, three Copa Colombia titles and two SuperLiga Colombiana championships. The club has won seven international trophies, including two Copa Libertadores crowns. Former Red Bulls striker and captain Juan Pablo Angel began his career at Nacional, helping them win a championship in 1994.

America de Cali, also known as Los Diablos Rojos, is one of the most successful soccer clubs in Colombia, having won 13 national championships since 1927. They also were the runner-up of the Copa Libertadores for three consecutive years, from 1985 to 1987, and again in 1996. In 2011, América was relegated to the local second division and played for five seasons before being promoted to the Categoria Primera A in 2016.

Tickets for the match go on sale Tuesday with an exclusive pre-sale window for New York Red Bulls Red Members at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m.

New York Red Bulls Red Members can purchase tickets via account manager or by calling their ticket rep.

Tickets will be available to the general public via ticketmaster, or by calling 1.201.552.9646

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.