FCD gets first look at new Red Bull Arena

Team excited to play in New York facility

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Not only will this weekend mark FC Dallas’ first trip away
from home for the 2010 regular season, but it will also mark the first time FCD
has seen the sparkling new Red Bull Arena, just-opened home of the New York Red Bulls.
Here’s what some players and coaches are saying about seeing the new facility for
the first time later this week.

Midfielder Atiba Harris

“Ever
since I heard about it and saw pictures of it, I’ve been looking forward to
playing in it. I’m really looking forward to playing in the new stadium. I have
a whole bunch of family who live in New York. Hopefully, they’ll be at
the game. Hopefully they show up if they get tickets. They always come out and
support me. The stadium is really nice and I look forward to playing there.”

Defender Ugo Ihemelu

“I think a lot of guys are going to be up for it
because it is a new stadium. From what we’ve seen so far, they’ve always had
pretty good turnouts. They have a pretty good team this year.”

Defender George John

“I’m super excited. It will be a good test of our
team to go play on the road to see how we adjust to the away atmosphere,
especially with Red Bull having their new park. It’s going to be really
exciting to play in their new stadium.”

Defender Heath Pearce

“Yeah,
definitely (I am excited). I’ve heard it’s a really nice stadium. I’ve seen it
on TV. I’ve seen the commercials on TV as well. It’s going to be an exciting
thing for us. We’re coming off two home ties, which isn’t exactly what we
wanted to do. It still puts us in a position to go, get a win in New York,
which puts us right back in position for everything.”

Goalkeeper Dario Sala

“I hear it’s beautiful. I’m glad that people and
companies are investing in soccer in the USA. It makes me really happy. That
(not playing in Giants Stadium any more) is a really good thing. The ball
bounced crazy there and I never played well in that stadium.”

 

Midfielder Eric Avila

“I’m dying to see it. I have a friend up there, Connor Chinn. He and Jeremy Hall are friends of mine. I know him (Hall) from residency and he’s a really good friend of mine. Connor Chinn is from my neighborhood and played on my club team. I’m really excited. I think it’s going to be great. I’m excited.”

 

FCD Head Coach Schellas Hyndman

“Yeah, I think it’s going to be great. It’s
definitely a reason to go (to see the Red Bulls play) compared to going on the
old field with the Astroturf. It’s going to be a fantastic environment. It will
be a fantastic crowd and facilities. I’m looking forward to that as well.”