New York, NY (July 11, 2013) – The New York Red Bulls and MSG Networks announced today that the team’s July 16 friendly against French side Olympique Lyonnais at Red Bull Arena will be telecast live on MSG at 8:00 p.m. MSG’s coverage of the match will start at 7:30 p.m. with a 30-minute pregame show and will continue immediately following its conclusion with a 30-minute postgame show.
Veteran broadcaster Joe Tolleson will call the play-by-play alongside analyst and New York soccer legend Shep Messing. MSG’s Red Bulls reporter Tina Cervasio will contribute from the sidelines. MSG Networks is the home of the New York Red Bulls and will telecast a total of 21 games this season.
The Lyon match is included in Red Bulls Season Ticket Holders’ plans. Additional tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com. For a chance to win a VIP experience at the game, Red Bulls fans can follow @MSGNetworks on Twitter and use the hashtag #RBNYVIP now until 7/15 at 10:00 a.m. For additional information, visit www.msg.com/redbulls.
Lyon qualified for the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League following a third place finish in Ligue 1 with 67 points and a 19-9-10 record in its 2012-13 campaign. The French club had a distinguished run from 2001 to 2008, winning seven-straight Ligue 1 championships while reaching the Champions League quarterfinals three consecutive times (2003-04 to 2005-06). Lyon’s best finish in the Champions League came in the 2009-10 season when it earned a spot in the semifinals. The side is currently managed by Rémi Garde.
Although the Red Bulls have never faced Lyon, the French club did play at Red Bull Arena on July 28 last year as part of the 2012 Trophee Des Champions against Montpellier Hérault SC – a match Lyon won 4-2 on penalties after the teams tied 2-2 in regulation.