The Red Bulls were dominated throughout the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals matchup by Santos Laguna of Mexico, who earned a 2-0 victory.
This game was slow to get going as the teams were getting used to the frigid conditions, with the temperature at just 29 degrees at game time.
It wasn't until the late stages of the first half that Santos got a big chance. Diego Valdes came down the center of field, found an opening in the Red Bulls defense, and he snuck his shot past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles inside the far post in the 42nd minute for to give Santos a 1-0 lead.
This was the first goal the Red Bulls allowed at home in 799 minutes across all competitions, dating back to last season.
It didn't take long for Santos to double their lead in the second half.
In the 48th minute, Brian Lozano connected with Javier Correa, who slipped his pass behind the Red Bulls back line for Julio Furch, who put one inside the near post to grab the 2-0 lead after leg one.
The Red Bulls were held scoreless at Red Bull Arena for the first time since May 26, 2018, spanning 15 matches across all competitions dating back to last season.
The Red Bulls' unbeaten streak at home in Champions League games was snapped at nine matches since Red Bull Arena was constructed in 2010. The Red Bulls were 6-0-3 before this one.
The second leg is at Santos' Estadio Corona on Tuesday, March 12 at 9 p.m. ET with coverage on Univision Deportes, YahooSports.com and New York Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.
The Red Bulls will be facing a tall order, as not only are they down 2-0, but Santos' goals are all-important road goals. Scenarios include: a 2-0 Red Bull win forces overtime; and if the Red Bulls win by a score of 3-1, they would advance on the road goal rule tiebreaker with the aggregate even.
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