Red Bull Arena To Host International Matches In March

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Red Bull Arena will host a pair of international matches featuring teams from South America and Central America during the March FIFA break.

Paraguay and Peru will meet on Friday, March 22, and Honduras with face Ecuador on Tuesday, March 26.

Paraguay enters 2019 under the direction of former Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. He was named head coach this past summer after leading Mexico to the 2018 World Cup.

La Albirroja has called in several Major League Soccer players to recent camps, including Red Bulls playmaker Kaku and Atlanta’s Miguel Almiron. Kaku made two appearances for Paraguay in 2018 after making the one-time switch from his native Argentina.

Peru is coming off of a 2018 FIFA World Cup appearance. La Blanquirroja also played at Red Bull Arena in March of 2018 ahead of their trip to Russia, their sixth overall World Cup appearance. Peru has been coached by Ricardo Gareca since 2015. The Argentine has a 23-13-16 record and led Peru back to the World Cup for the first time since 1982.has

Honduras and Ecuador are both familiar with Red Bull Arena. Honduras most recently opened the 2017 Gold Cup at RBA against Costa Rica. Ecuador has played in Harrison in 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018.

Honduras finished fourth in Concacaf qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, falling to Australia in the Concacaf – Asian Football Confederation qualification playoff. Jorge Alexy Jimenez Espinal was named Honduras’ head coach in 2018. The team split its most recent matches in the November international window, beating Panama 1-0 before falling to Chile, 4-1.

Ecuador went 4-1-1 in 2018, and finished CONMEBOL‘s 2018 World Cup qualifying with a 6-2-10 record, just six points out of the inter-confederation playoffs. La Tri named Hernan Dario Gomez head coach on August 1, 2018, after coaching Panama through their first World Cup appearance.