Of the five MLS teams in this year's Concacaf Champions League, only New York City FC won its opener on the road, picking up a rare MLS win on Costa Rican soil when it defeated San Carlos, 5-3, in
It was a battle of Concacaf Champions League newcomers, and NYCFC came out on top thanks to a hat trick by Brazilian Heber.
NYCFC led 2-0 and 4-1 but ran
into trouble like so many other MLS teams did late in their CCL openers. Los Toros del Norte came back to make it 4-3 and were looking for the equalizer when NYCFC was awarded a penalty kick in
Maxi Moralez missed the penalty kick, but Alexandru Mitrita scored on the rebound and made the final score 5-3.
Feb. 20 in Alajuela San Carlos 3 NYCFC 5. Goals: Aguilar 45, Mena 63, Brown 79; Heber 13, 35, pen. 52, Callens 61, Mitrita 90+2. San
Carlos -- Pemberton; Smith, Brenes, Meza, Sanchez; Ramirez, Acosta (Martinez 54), Chirino (Solis 70), Mena; Aguilar, Cruz (Browne 53). NYCFC -- Johnson; Tinnerholm (Scally 62),
Callens, Chanot, Matarrita; Sands, Parks (Moralez 64), Ring; Medina, Heber (Castellanos 64), Mitrita.