- Dec 25, 2011
As a FYI, the Red Bulls training facility is deep in the Jersey burbs off the Main Line in Whippany and not far from the NY Jets training complex (they're basically at each end of main runway at Morristown Airport). I've been to the Red Bulls complex as some of the local kids play for or against the Red Bulls junior teams and its beautiful.Good write-up. Harrison has done some good work on that area. It was always blue collar and relatively safe. Some of my Newark law school classmates lived there. My son plays at the field directly across the river that you can see in the picture in this thread. It's really cool to see the Red Bulls stadium in the background while playing a youth soccer game.
Red Bulls (I agree that the name sucks) could make the location work. It's a hotbed of soccer culture and is not too hard to get to from most areas of north and central NJ. From what I've seen they've done an okay job with their academy and trainers, but NYCFC has definitely encroached into what they believed was their territory. But watching a game at Yankee Stadium is a bad experience.
Kearny was awesome in the past. In high school, my JV team used to be their sacrificial lamb at their tournament to give them an easy first win. We beat them one year and I'm not sure we knew how big of a deal it was. Kids were on the ground crying. Kearny's demographics have changed and their youth program is mediocre.
From there, travel about 30 miles up Route 24 to I-287 and and then swing South on the Palisades parkway just before the Hudson and the NYCFC Training camp (adjacent to World Class Soccer) is right there. One can argue if the Red Bulls competes with NYCFC for New York's soccer fans; but, they are definitely competing with each other for the same youth dollars.