The NYCFC jersey numbers will be changed to a United States flag pattern while the side will wear special 9/11 remembrance armbands. More than 75 first responders will display a field-size United States flag during the national anthem, then the club will host them and their families in NYCFC suites for the match.
“Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001," NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said in a club statement. "I was representing this country as captain of the US men’s national team; that was a huge honor and responsibility. It is important for all of our NYCFC players, coaches and staff to understand what it means to represent this great city. Visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum as a team was an incredible experience for everyone in our club to celebrate resiliency and stand shoulder to shoulder with the FDNY and NYPD and who are part of the fabric of New York City."
Last week, NYCFC paid a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to pay respects and get a better understanding of the significance surrounding the important day.
The Red Bulls, who don't play Wednesday and are not home until Sep. 22, kicked off their 7th annual 11 Days of Service today on Monday. The first day of service Monday included painting park benches at Tompkins Square Park in NYC while Wednesday the club will be serving lunch to the fire and police departments in Harrison, N.J. to thank them for their service.
"This organization takes great pride in our collective commitment to the community," RBNY GM Marc de Grandpre said. "11 Days of Service has become the pillar of our club's philanthropic initiatives. Throughout the month, our players, coaches, front office staff and valued partners take action in assisting our neighbors to honor the heroes from the tragic events of 9/11."
RBNY days of service will continue through Sept. 30.