Sean Davis scored the Red Bulls’ first goal. (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
HARRISON, N.J. — There’s certainly no place like home for the Red Bulls in the Concacaf Champions League.
The Red Bulls sewed up their Round of 16 series with Atletico Pantoja behind a 3-0 victory in the second leg at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night. New York won the aggregate-goals series, 5-0.
In fact, the Bulls have won six out out 10 CCL matches at home as they raised their record to 6-1-3.
The win propelled New York into the quarterfinals, where they will meet Santos Laguna in the opening leg at RBA Tuesday night. After besting Marathon (Honduras) in its first leg last week, 6-2, Santos recorded a 5-0 win Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Luis Robles was rarely tested as he recorded his second consecutive CCL shutout.
The Red Bulls sealed the series in the opening half, scoring twice before a crowd of 3,407.
In the 25th minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips hit the crossbar only minutes before Sean Davis scored in the same minute of his No. 27.
David intercepted a headed clearance and scored with a header of his own from high in the box past goalkeeper Pascual Ramirez for a 1-0 edge.
It didn’t take long for the hosts to double their lead as Daniel Royer converted a penalty kick to the upper left corner in the 32nd minute, only a minute after Darly Batista brought down Connor Lade in the area.
Second-half substitute Andreas Ivan put an exclamation point on the win by collecting his first goal as a Red Bull in the 75th minute.