NEW YORK, N.Y. – Although no home venue has been unveiled yet, New York City FC Friday announced the dates and times for its Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 matches against Costa Rican club AD San Carlos.
City will travel to Costa Rica for the first leg Thursday, Feb. 20 for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff. The he return leg in New York City is set for Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. ET.
All teams competing in Concacaf Champions League must go through a venue certification process. NYCFC is working with Concacaf to certify its preferred venue and once complete, a host venue will be announced, the Major League Soccer team said in a press release.
Yankee Stadium has been NYCFC’s home since it joined the league in the 2015 season, but the ballpark reportedly won’t be available because City has a certain amount of dates to use at the Bronx venure.
MCU Park, another baseball park, reportedly has been considered. The Cosmos played their 2017 North American Soccer League season there.
NYCFC qualified for the tournament for the first time after finishing the regular season as Eastern Conference champions.
AD San Carlos booked a spot as the best ranked quarterfinalist in the 2019 Concacaf League. The squad won the Costa Rican Primera Division Clausura title for the first time in the 2018-2019 season.
It will be AD San Carlos’ first appearance in the Concacaf Champions League.
If NYCFC advance to the quarterfinals, the team will face the winner of the Tigres UANL (Mexico) and Alianza FC (El Salvador) Round of 16 matchup.
Ticketing information for the Round of 16 home leg will be released at a later date.