The Red Bulls will face FC Barcelona at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET, the club announced Thursday.
The match will be the first time the clubs have faced off against each other at Red Bull Arena.
“We are extremely honored to host FC Barcelona at Red Bull Arena, one of the premier soccer venues in all of North America,” Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre said in a statement. “Since 2010, we have proudly hosted many of the top men’s and women’s clubs throughout the world and on July 30, we look forward to writing a new chapter in this stadium’s history when welcoming Barça for a match against your New York Red Bulls.”
The La Liga powerhouse sits in second place with 73 points. The club features top international players, including Spanish mainstays Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets, as well as Spanish youngsters Pedri and Ansu Fati, Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
Barcelona is guided by manager Xavi Hernandez, who played for the club from 1998 to 2015. He led Barcelona to four UEFA Champions League titles in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015.
This will be the third time in franchise history that FC Barcelona will play the Red Bulls in a friendly. The first meeting occurred on Aug. 12, 2006 and the second on Aug. 6, 2008, both at Giants Stadium. The 2006 match marked the largest crowd for both a Red Bulls game and match involving an MLS side at the time, with an attendance of 79,002.
Since the inaugural match in March 2010 against Brazilian side Santos, Red Bull Arena has hosted some of the top clubs in the world, including Chelsea FC, Manchester United, Manchester City FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, SL Benfica, Club America, Paris Saint Germain, AS Roma and Juventus.
International squads including the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams, Ecuador, Colombia, Czech Republic and Turkey have played at the Harrison, N.J.–based soccer venue.
Due to this match, the Red Bulls home match against Colorado Rapids, originally scheduled for July 30, will be rescheduled to Tuesday, Aug. 2, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.