Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence could wind up playing for Jamaica at his home stadium, Red Bull Arena, against Ecuador, on Sept. 7 (Photo courtesy of MLS)
Northern New Jersey will be the site of two international friendlies only eight miles apart the night of Sept. 7.
At MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, the United States will take on five-time World Cup champion Brazil at 7:30 p.m.
At Red Bull Arena slightly south in Harrison, Jamaica will tussle with Ecuador at 8 p.m.
It is believed to be the first time two international friendlies will be held in close proximation to each other in New Jersey.
Ecuador, which competed in Group E of the 2014 World Cup with France, Switzerland and Honduras, is coached by Hernán Darío Gómez. Gomez, who returned to Ecuador after directing Panama to its first World Cup earlier this summer, is one of three people to have led at least three national teams to a World Cup. He guided Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, and Ecuador to the 2002 World Cup. La Tri are led by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Romario Ibarra (Minnesota United), Jaoa Plata (Real Salt Lake) and Enner Valencia (UANL). Ecuador has appeared at Red Bull Arena in 2010, 2011 and 2017.
Jamaica, back-to-back CONCACAF Gold Cup runner-ups, is coached by Theodore Whitmore. Whitmore has managed the Reggae Boyz since 2016 and was a national team player from 1993 to 2004, accruing 24 goals in 120 caps. The Jamaicans are led by a slew of MLS players, which include Kemar Lawrence (Red Bulls), Andre Blake (captain; Philadelphia Union), Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union) and Darren Mattocks (D.C. United).
Since opening in 2010, Red Bull Arena has been a destination for international friendlies, including appearances by the United States Men’s & Women’s National team, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Iceland, and Peru in addition to numerous top club sides from around the world.
Tickets went on sale Monday, beginning with an exclusive pre-sale window for New York Red Bulls Red Members at 10 a.m. Remaining tickets were made available to the general public starting at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-727-6223 or visiting this link.
Tickets for children under 10 are free with a valid adult ticket purchase. Free tickets for children are only available on site by visiting the East VIP Entrance on match day. A valid ticket purchase must be made in advance to redeem free tickets for children.