Red Bulls get business done in the DR

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 set up by Marc Rzatkowski and Kaku.

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
Atletico Pantoja
  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).
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