Fresh off an exciting friendly performance against Chelsea and a win over the Richmond Kickers, New York Red Bulls II are taking on Newtown Pride FC on Thursday, July 30th at 7:30 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The match is being run by Newtown Youth & Family Services and all net proceeds from the event, including ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction held that evening, will go to Newtown Youth & Family Services. The first 1,000 fans to attend will receive a free "We Are Newtown" t-shirt.
Newtown play in the Connecticut Soccer League which is a part of USASA Region I.
"We are proud to be a part of this event," said New York Red Bulls II general manager Shaun Oliver. "The opportunity to play in a match for this cause, and use the game of soccer as a conduit to enrich the lives of children in our community is something that we as an organization are excited about."
According to a Red Bulls spokesman, the club will be providing signed items and Red Bulls tickets for the silent auction.
Tickets vary in price point starting at $12 with group and family discounts available. Those interested in purchasing tickets can do so by logging onto Newtown Youth & Family Services website at http://newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org and clicking on the "Events" tab.
"We’re so pleased this event has come to fruition," Mike Svanda, Newtown Pride coach, said. "When the tragedy at Sandy Hook took place we were devastated, as many people were. We were trying to think of a way to help affect change, a real difference for the future. We wanted to play soccer games to raise awareness and bring families together. Our goal is to play soccer to raise funds and awareness for the Newtown Youth & Family Services, and to help implement programs for peer-to-peer mentoring. It is amazing to see the New York Red Bull organization come together for this cause and it’s an honor to be a part of this great event."
Newtown Pride previously played a friendly match against the New York Cosmos in June of 2013, losing 6-0 in New Britain, Connecticut.