NYCFC were victorious Wednesday night in a 1-0 “home” win over AD San Carlos to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals. Alexander Callens gave the blues the slim victory with a header in the 41st minute.
Before the match had even started though, some NYCFC supporters were irate. This was due to the fact that the match was played in Red Bull Arena, home of their bitter rivals, the New York Red Bulls. A place that doesn’t hold the fondest of memories for the boys from the Bronx, having only won once there since the teams formation in 2015 and being outscored there 20-6.
NYCFC’s current home stadium, Yankee Stadium, was deemed not ready for play, as was their other option, Citi Field in Queens. Many fans were not pleased at having to play in a rivals’ stadium, especially since this was the first time in the club’s history that they have been a part of the tournament.
Despite the change of venue and the apparent lack of filled chairs in the arena, NYCFC never looked to be anything other than the dominant side of the two. They finished with 67% possession compared to San Carlos’ 33% and outshot them 13 to 7. Callens had another chance, also a header, in the first half go off the post.
The blues next opponent in the tournament with be Liga MX side Tigres UANL. Before that, they will visit the Columbus Crew in their 2020 MLS opener on Sunday.
NYCFC will play March 11 at Red Bull Arena in the Quarterfinals.
Editor Nick Sbordone