The New York Red Bulls defeated Club Tijuana at Red Bull Arena, 3-1 (5-1 agg.), to advance to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League semifinals.
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Here are five things we learned from the Red Bulls’ win.
By defeating Club Tijuana, the Red Bulls advanced to the Champions League semifinals for the first time in club history.
“I congratulated them on making history,” head coach Jesse Marsch said. “There’s a lot more to be played for in this tournament.”
New Signings Came Up Big
Three offseason additions contributed to goals in the second leg, including Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra, Marc Rzatkowski and Florian Valot.
Rzatkowski scored his first goal for New York in the 70th minute, which was followed up by Kaku’s first goal eight minutes later, assisted by Florian Valot who made his first start.
“We went with Marc [at halftime] because we felt we needed a little bit more of a presence with second balls, but then it was easy to see that the game was opening up and now the game required Kaku because his ability in space to make plays is really good,” Marsch said. “Flo has been a project of unlocking the potential… the potential for him in this season and moving forward is really big.”
BWP: More Than Just a Goal Scorer
Bradley Wright-Phillips assisted two Red Bulls goals against Tijuana, and had a secondary assist on Tyler Adams’ goal.
Over the course of two legs, BWP was involved in all five aggregate goals for New York, totaling two goals and three assists.
Wright-Phillips has now tallied points in six consecutive matches in all competitions dating back to 2017.
Undefeated in 2018
Through five total matches this year, New York is undefeated with a 4-0-1 record.
The Red Bulls have outscored their opponents through five matches, 12-2.
“There is a resiliency within this group and there’s a very deep belief that we can accomplish big things,” Luis Robles said. “There’s guys that really understand how we want to play and we’re all committed to the way that Jesse [Marsch] wants us to play. “
Next Up: Seattle or Guadalajara
With the victory, the Red Bulls will face either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas Guadalajara in the Champions League semifinals.
The two-leg series will take place with dates and times to be announced at a later date, however, the win secured a home match at Red Bull Arena in the second leg.