SECAUCUS, NJ- The New York Red Bulls will take on Trinidad and Tobago club, W Connection, in the Preliminary Round of the 2009-2010 CONCACAF Champions League, it was announced in a draw held in New York City today. The round will consist of two home-and-home legs scheduled to be played July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6, in which aggregate goals from the two games will determine which team advances. Ticket details for the Red Bulls' home leg will be announced shortly.
"We are honored to be a part of this year's CONCACAF Champions League and are excited to face W Connection, said Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. "We know that they will provide a difficult challenge, but we are confident that our squad is capable of advancing to the group stage."
The Red Bulls are one of 16 teams that were entered into the Preliminary Round draw. The winner of the series will qualify for the Group Stage, joining eight seeded teams that have already qualified. New York earned the right to compete in the tournament after making the 2008 MLS Cup Final last year.
W Connection finished second in the Trinidad and Tobago Professional league in 2008 with a 22-4-6 record and is currently 2-1-2 this season. They enjoyed a successful season last year by winning their third Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship by defeating the Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-1, in the final. W Connection is coached by Stuart Charles Fevrier. Forward Jonathan Frias leads W Connection with two goals in five games this season.
The Group Stage will begin the week of Sept. 18 and continue for six rounds, finishing on Oct. 22. Two teams from each group will qualify for the Championship Round, and will learn their path through the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in a subsequent draw to be held later this year.
The Red Bulls' next match is on Saturday, June 13 against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium at 8:00 PM ET (TV: MSG Plus; Radio: WADO 1280 AM). New York's next home match is on June 20, when it faces Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 PM ET at Giants Stadium (TV: MSG; Radio: WADO 1280 AM). For tickets, call the Red Bulls at 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto