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Atlético San Luis v Red Bulls: Showdown Amidst Local Controversy

Jul 28, 2023
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On Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., the Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, will be the stage for an exciting Leagues Cup match between the Atlético San Luis and the New York Red Bulls. This game promises to be a captivating encounter between two teams from the most prominent soccer leagues in the Americas, Major League Soccer (MLS) and Liga MX. However, the match is not without its share of local controversy.

Atlético San Luis: A Brief Overview

Atlético San Luis is a professional football team based in San Luis Potosí, a vibrant city located in central Mexico. The team's home ground is the Estadio Alfonso Lastras, a modern stadium with a seating capacity of slightly over 25,000. This stadium, named after the former club president Alfonso Lastras Ramírez, is known for its electrifying atmosphere during home games.

A Tale of Two Stadiums

The Estadio Alfonso Lastras is a comparable stadium to the Red Bulls Arena, which can accommodate up to 25,000 spectators.  Both stadiums share a common trait: they both give the home team an advantage.  The weather is still going to be very hot so it likely will have an impact on the players and ultimately the game.

The Leagues Cup: A Unifying Tournament

The Leagues Cup is a revolutionary tournament that brings together the two major soccer leagues in the Americas: the MLS and Liga MX. This tournament, which began in 2019, is a monumental chapter in North American soccer, as it sees all 47 clubs from Canada, Mexico, and the United States compete in a World Cup-style tournament.

The Leagues Cup is more than just a competition; it's a unifying event that bridges the gap between the MLS and Liga MX. It provides a platform for teams from both leagues to showcase their talent and compete for glory on an international stage. The tournament is structured with a group stage divided into four regions (East, West, South, and Central), followed by knockout rounds until one team is crowned the champion.

The top three teams from the Leagues Cup receive automatic bids into the Concacaf Champions Cup, giving them a chance to represent the Confederation at the FIFA Club World Cup. This opportunity further elevates the importance of the Leagues Cup, as it provides a pathway for clubs to compete against the world's best.

If you are interested in attending the game, you can buy tickets through Ticketmaster.

Local Controversy: Traffic and Resident Outrage

While the upcoming match is a cause for excitement among soccer fans, it has also sparked controversy among residents. The Harrison Police Department has not issued a Red Bulls Arena Traffic alert to the public, but it is expected that South Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. will be closed, impacting the residents of Harrison NJ who live along the street.

Residents in the Steelworks Building, which is affected by the closure of Frank E. Rodgers Blvd during Red Bulls Arena events, attended the last Town of Harrison Mayor & Council meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, and voiced their outrage at the Town of Harrison traffic plan during Red Bull Arena events.

As the match day approaches, it remains to be seen how these issues will be addressed. Regardless, the game between Atlético San Luis and the New York Red Bulls promises to be a thrilling encounter that showcases the unity and competitive spirit that the Leagues Cup embodies.

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