CCL: Red Bulls gain valuable 'away goal' at neutral site

The New York Red Bulls could not hold on to a 1-0 lead on Daniel Royer's first-half goal but came away from the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League round-of-16 series with a 1-1 tie against Honduran powerhouse Olimpia.



Honduran home games played at neutral sites. The Red Bulls will take the away goal into the second leg of the series at Red Bull Arena next Thursday. It will count even though the first leg was played behind close doors at a neutral site, the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Concacaf ordered both Honduran teams to play the home legs of their CCL series at neutral sites because of violence in Honduras. Motagua played its home match -- a 1-0 loss to Tijuana -- in McAllen, Texas.

BWP turns provider. Bradley Wright-Phillips set up the Red Bulls' goal when he curled in a long pass into the 18-yard box, where a streaking Royer flicked a header past Honduran national team keeper Donis Escober. But a foul by Aurelien Collin earned Olimpia a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, and Brayan Moya converted it for the equalizer.

No Kaku. New Argentine signing Alejandro Romero Gamarra did not travel with the Red Bulls, who started closed to their first team with every starter a holdover from last year's team. Newcomers Carlos Rivas and Marc Rzatkowski both came off the bench in the second half.

Feb. 22 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Olimpia 1 NY Red Bulls 1. Goals: Moya pen. 73; Royer 31.
Olimpia -- Escobar; Palacios, Paz, K.Alvarez, Ovalle, Moya, Mejia, Rodas (J.Reyes 62), Chirinos, Costly (D.Reyes 66), Martinez (J.Alvarez 82).
NY Red Bulls -- Robles; Murillo, Collin, Long, Lawrence, Felipe, Royer (Rzatkowski 73), Adams,  Davis (Rivas 81), Muyl (Etienne 60), Wright-Phillips.
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