Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match between visiting Antigua GFC and the New York Red Bulls (white jersey) on August 3, 2016, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
HARRISON, New Jersey -- The New York Red Bulls recorded its second Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League victory in seven attempts, securing a 3-0 result over 10-man Antigua GFC in the Group F opener at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night.
The victory lifted New York (1W-0D-0L, 3 points) into the initial group lead as the Guatemalan side fell to 0-0-1 in its tournament debut.
The Red Bulls, who registered more than two goals in a SCCL match for the first time, used an own-goal by Antigua midfielder Alejandro Galindo, while getting second-half strikes from Alex Muyl and Sacha Kljestan.
Antigua was forced to play a man down for more than an hour after referee Javier Santos red carded Sixto Betancourt for a hard tackle on Felipe in the 26th minute.
The Red Bulls drew first blood in a rather physical first half. Sean Davis drilled a line-drive corner kick into the area that deflected off Galindo for an own goal in the 14th minute.
The host then hit the woodwork twice, with the aftermath of one attempt resulting in a great scoring opportunity for Antigua. Muyl fired a hard shot from the left side that bounded off the crossbar in the 21st minute. Antigua cleared its zone quickly as Agustin Herrera raced in alone on goal only for his effort to be saved spectacularly by goalkeeper Ryan Meara.
New York forward Gonzalo Veron rattled a shot off the bar in the 33rd minute.
Muyl made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Jamaica international left back Kemar Lawrence sent a cross to the far side of the area, where the New York City native switched the ball from his right to left foot and fired a shot into an empty net.
Only two minutes after replacing 17-year-old Tyler Adams, Kljestan increased the advantage to three goals, poking home Felipe’s feed from the left side in the 80th minute.
Group F play resumes on August 16 with Red Bulls paying a visit to El Salvador’s Alianza FC.