Red Bulls defender Hassan Ndam (98) plays the ball against Barcelona. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Bulls dropped a 2-0 decision to Barcelona in a friendly at a sold-out Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Saturday night.

Ousmane Dembélé scored in the first half, with Memphis Depay added an insurance tally in the final half.

“For all my players, coaching staff and me, I would say a very interesting game against one of the biggest teams in Europe,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said.. I think was in one direction, I think a game where we can grow and especially with the situation against Orlando, and now we are back and everyone knows the painful feeling after the Orlando game.”

Struber was referring to the 5-1 loss to Orlando City SC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday night.

But he gave credit to Barca.

“In the end, we have to realize that they are an outstanding good team with a quality on the whole roster on the highest level,” he said.

“My boys create a good evening. I think also the atmosphere was outstanding. I hope we could reproduce this Tuesday again. I think the atmosphere is brilliant in our stadium and was a nice feeling for everyone, and I think for many, many players today, but for every single player, I think a magic night.”

Because it was a friendly, Struber was able to give several young players an opportunity to play against one of the world’s greatest sides.

“I think of course every game at that time young players get game time on this level is a big win and in the end is a big chance to grow,” he said. “Today the boys see, also, when our system is also not so easy for them. We know how they can handle in tight spaces, moments with high technical skills and abilities with the decision-making, how quickly they find solutions”

Carlos Coronel made three saves in the first half, while Ryan Meara had two saves in the second half.

The Red Bulls finished the match with 10 men following a red card to Daniel Edelman late in the second half.