The New York Red Bulls became the latest MLS team to reach the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, after beating Honduran side CD Olimpia 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on Thursday to win the series 3-1 on aggregate.
The first half was entertaining on both ends, with both sides eager to race upfield and put numbers into the final third, but the final product was lacking. Bradley Wright-Phillips found the breakthrough in the 54th minute, making a solo run with the ball and hitting a rare long-distance shot past Olimpia goalkeeper Donis Escober. Moments later, the Red Bulls were fortunate as Diego Reyes missed a wide-open net for Olimpia. 10 minutes after the opening goal, Sean Davis added an insurance tally, as his deflected strike beat Escober to make it 2-0 on the night.
- 54' - RBNY - Bradley Wright-Phillips
- 64' - RBNY - Sean Davis
Moment of the Match
: The goals were obviously important, but the turning point was Reyes missing the sitter a few minutes after Wright-Phillips' goal. Had he scored there, it would have been 1-1 in the game and 2-2 on aggregate, with the series completely even. Instead, the Red Bulls weathered the storm and closed out the game.
- NY: CCL - Tuesday, Mar. 6, at Club Tijuana (10 pm ET)