by ANTHONY J. MERCED
The New York Red Bulls were ousted from CONCACAF Champions League after dropping a 2-0 decision against the host Vancouver Whitecaps in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. The Whitecaps advanced to the semifinals, 3-1 on aggregate, and will face Tigres of Liga MX.
Goals be Alphonso Davies and the club’s new signing Fredy Montero sent the Red Bulls crashing out in the latter stages of another competition.
Vancouver took an early, catching New York on the counter with Alphonso Davies, 16, scoring from close range only five minutes into the game. It got worse for the Red Bulls when Gonzalo Verón pounded the turf in frustration while also clutching his leg. The delicate striker came off the field after only eight minutes and his hopes of playing in the club’s Major League Soccer season opener at Atlanta United on Sunday are in jeopardy.
There was little change in the second half as New York could only muster only two shots on goal for the entire game. Montero sealed the game away with a 77th minute goal, sending the Whitecaps through to the semifinals (FC Dallas will face another Mexican club, Pachuca, in the other semifinal). Since Coach Jesse Marsch has taken the helm, the Red Bulls have only won a one road game in a home-and-away playoff series.
New York Red Bulls: Robles; Lawrence, Long, Collin, Zizzo; Kljestan, Davis (’80 Grella), Felipe, Royer (’60 Muyl); Wright-Phillips, Veron (‘8 Etienne Jr.)
Vancouver Whitecaps: Ousted; Waston, De Jong (’67 Montero), Nerwinski, Parker, Harvey, Manneh (’82 Jacobson), Laba, Davies, Teibert, Shea
‘5 (VAN): Alphonso Davies
’77 (VAN): Fredy Montero
’17 (RBNY): YELLOW CARD Aurelien Collin
’36 (VAN): YELLOW CARD Matias Laba
’57 (VAN): YELLOW CARD Russell Teibert
’76 (VAN): YELLOW CARD Alphonso Davies