The New York Red Bulls travel to Tijuana, Mexico to take on Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente on Tuesday, March 6 at 10 p.m. ET for the first leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals.
- MATCH PREVIEW: New York and Tijuana Clash in CCL Quarterfinals
Here are five reasons why you should watch:
Away Goal Advantage
Away goals can have an enormous impact for a team on progressing and succeeding in the CONCACAF two-leg quarterfinal games due to its weight in the event of a tie. A goal on Tuesday night would provide a cushion for the Red Bulls ahead of the second leg at Red Bull Arena.
Not only is this game the first time in history the two clubs have met, but this is the second ever CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal for New York. The Red Bulls have never proceeded past this round, and a win on Tuesday could give them the advantage for the return leg at the Red Bull Arena, ultimately making history.
The game on Tuesday could see full debuts for Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra and Carlos Rivas, as well as the latest introduction, Tim Parker, who flew out to meet the team in Mexico ahead of the match. Head Coach Jesse Marsch said recently in a press conference, “I spoke to Tim, he feels fit, ready to go and, obviously, very excited."
Keep The Momentum Going
Wins breed confidence and a victory against Club Tijuana will give the Red Bulls plenty as they head into MLS action on Saturday against the Portland Timbers.
Identical CONCACAF Records
Both sides enter the game with exactly the same CONCACAF record: Played two, Won one and Drew one. The Red Bulls edge Tijuana by goals, however, scoring one more than the opposition in this campaign.