On Tuesday night, the New York Red Bulls did what no MLS club has ever done before. They went to Mexico and won in the knockout stage of the Concacaf Champions League.
Two goals from
and the game of his life by goalkeeper Luis Robles
(13 saves) gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 win over Tijuana before more than 22,000 fans at the Estadio Caliente.
The Red Bulls will look to become just the third MLS team in 21 series to
beat a Mexican team in the knockout stage when they host Xolos in the second leg next Tuesday at Red Bull Area. Seattle beat Tigres in the 2013 quarterfinals and Montreal defeated Pachuca in the 2015
Two more MLS teams will face Liga MX opponents when Toronto FC hosts Tigres and the Sounders play Guadalajara at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday night.
Bulls had never won in seven CCL games on the road, but they took the lead in the ninth minute when Xolos' Damian Perez
played a centering pass he was trying to clear right to Wright-Phillips
for an easy goal.
On the second goal, Frenchman Florian Valot
, who was making his debut after spending two seasons with Red Bulls II, played a through ball to BWP, who took one
touch to his right to elude two defenders and scored with a low shot past Tijuana keeper Gibran Lajud
Between the two goals, Robles put on a show, stopping everything Tijuana
threw at him. The only time Robles appeared to be in trouble was in the 64th minute -- three minutes before the Red Bulls' second goal -- when Ignacio Rivero
scored on rebound but was
ruled to be offside.
Tijuana, which finished the game with a 30-11 edge in shots, started the same team that beat Lobos BUAP, 3-1, on Friday night in Liga MX, where it is in sixth
place. March 6 in Tijuana
Tijuana 0 NY Red Bulls 2
. Goal: Wright-Phillips 9, 67. NY Red Bulls
Robles; Murillo, Parker, Long, Lawrence; Rzatkowski (Valot 42), Royer (Etienne 80), Adams (Lade 80), Davis, Muyl; Wright-Phillips. Tijuana --
Lajud; Perez, Valenzuela, O.Mendoza,
Aguilar; Musto, Rivero (Chavez 70), L.Mendoza, Mateus (Rubin 46), Bolanos; Garcia. Att.