Yankees Press Release
Patrick Vieira, former World Cup winner and newly-named "Head of the Elite Development Squad" for Manchester City Football Club, to throw out ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight's Yankees-Blue Jays game at Yankee Stadium
During his illustrious career, Vieira played on five FA Cup-winning teams and nine league champions. He made 107 appearances for the French national team, including winning performances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA European Championship. His time as a Manchester City player, which began in January 2010, concluded with an FA Cup Final victory in May 2011, marking the club's first major trophy in 35 years.
Since retiring from the game in the summer of 2011, Vieira has worked as a Football Development Executive for Manchester City, traveling extensively in an ambassadorial role for the club and its academy. He has spent the last year developing his understanding of the business side of football and working on his UEFA coaching credentials.
Manchester City will play their first ever game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 25, against Premier League rivals Chelsea FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are currently on sale at www.yankees.com/soccer and www.ticketmaster.com.
Prior to the match between the clubs, Yankee Stadium will host its first-ever "UEFA Champions League Viewing" - a live screening on the Stadium's 59-foot-high by 101-foot-long high-definition centerfield video board of FOX Sports' telecast of the UEFA Champions League Final. The televised match will feature four-time European champion Bayern Munich (1974-76, 2001) and 1997 winner Borussia Dortmund. In-Stadium pregame coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by the match from Wembley Stadium in London at 2:45 p.m.
All tickets for the May 25 event include both the viewing party and the live match. Gates will open at 2:00 p.m. Fans should note that if the televised match runs into extra time and/or penalties, the start time of the Manchester City-Chelsea match will be no earlier than 15 minutes following the conclusion of the UEFA Champions League Final.