Against the easiest of the five opponents MLS teams will face in the first round, the New York Red Bulls started their 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win at the
Dominican Republic's Atletico Pantoja.
The Red Bulls, the only American team returning from the 2018 Concacaf Champions League, opened the
scoring late in the first half when Bradley Wright-Phillips
' bicycle kick went off two players for an own goal. They added to their lead in the 67th minute on a goal by Daniel Royer
up by Marc Rzatkowski
. Results: Concacaf Champions League
The Red Bulls' entire starting lineup
played in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League, where they beat Olimpia of Honduras and Tijuana of Mexico before losing to Guadalajara in the semifinals. The only newcomer who played on Wednesday was
19-year-old midfielder Omir Fernandez
, signed to a Homegrown Player contract after his sophomore season at Wake Forest.
Pantoja, which had not played a competitive match since
October and was making its Concacaf debut, did not manage a shot on goal in the match. Feb. 20 in Santo Domingo
0 NY Red Bulls
2. Goals: own goal 39, Royer 67. Atletico Pantoja --
Baez; Rossel, Rebollo, Ferreras, Munosz, Lopez, Innocent, Polanco (Batista 80),
Marisi (Saint-Vil 55) Vasquez (Martinez 74), Espinal. NY Red Bulls -
- Robles; Long, Murillo, Parker, Lade (Lawrence 46), Davis, Rzatkowski, Kaku, Muyl (Fernandez 75), Royer,
Wright-Phillips (White 83).