Red Bull Arena to Host Pair of International Matches in March
HARRISON, N.J. - Red Bull Arena will host a pair of international matches during the March FIFA break, with Paraguay and Peru set to meet on Friday, March 22, and Honduras facing Ecuador on Tuesday, March 26.
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Paraguay enters 2019 under the direction of former Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. Osorio was named head coach last summer after leading Mexico through the 2018 World Cup. La Albirroja have called in several MLS 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 are 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 have 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.
Honduras and Ecuador are both familiar with Red Bull Arena. Honduras most recently opened the 2017 Gold Cup at RBA against Costa Rica, while Ecuador has played in Harrison in 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018, when they hosted Jamaica in September.
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. Honduras split their 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 play-offs. La Tri named Hernan Dario Gomez head coach on August 1, 2018 after coaching Panama through their first World Cup appearance.
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