CCL Recap: New York City FC disposes of San Carlos in battle of newcomers

Forced to play its first-ever Concacaf Champions League home game at Red Bull Arena, home of the rival New York Red Bulls, New York City FC finished off Costa Rica's San Carlos with a 1-0 win to advance to the quarterfinals.

NYCFC was in the driver's seat after recording a 5-3 victory in Alajuela last Thursday but could only manage one goal by Peruvian center back Alex Callens on a header off a Alexandru Mitrita corner kick in the 41st minute. Callens has earlier hit the post.

The announced crowd was 4,396 at Red Bull Arena. NYCFC's home stadium, Yankee Stadium, was unavailable for offseason work, and no other site in the five boroughs was deemed suitable.

Next up: NYCFC will meet Mexico's Tigres in the quarterfinals March 10-12 and March 17-19. Tigres needed a goal by keeper Nahuel Guzman on a header off a free kick in the fourth-minute of stoppage time to dispose of El Salvador's Alianza, 5-4, on aggregate. The venue for the NYCFC home leg has not yet been announced.
 
Feb. 26 in Harrison, N.J.
NYCFC 1 San Carlos 0. Goal: Callens 41.
NYCFC -- Johnson; Tinnerholm, Callens, Chanot, Matarrita (Ibeagha 63); Sands, Ring, Moralez (Tajouri-Shradi 63); Medina, Castellanos, Mitrita (Mackay-Steven 76).
San Carlos -- Pemberton; Mendez (Ramirez 54), Brenes, Meza, Arboine, Sanchez; Chirino, Martinez, Cordoba (Chirino 60), Browne; Aguilar (Cruz 69).

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