Major League Soccer team New York City FC will call the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles “home” in their Concacaf Champions League match against Costa Rica’s Santos de Guapiles.
The first part of the quarterfinals will be played on February 15 in Costa Rica, followed by the return match on February 23 in California.
New York City FC cannot occupy Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, its usual home arenas, because they are not Concacaf approved. Red Bull Stadium is also not available due to renovations.
The Eastern Conference club chose Los Angeles instead because it will play its season opener for Major League Soccer at the LA Galaxy on February 27.
“It’s frustrating that this home game will be played on the other side of the country,” NYCFC CEO Brad Sims said in a statement on Tuesday.
“But with our season opener at the LA Galaxy just a few days later and our inability to play at Yankee Stadium or one of our alternative home arenas, we felt this event gave our club the best possible chance of two positive results this week as we look to do good from us in (Champions League) and start defending the title. ”
NYCFC’s first match against Santos will be played at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. That match was moved because the team’s home ground in Guapiles is also not approved for Concacaf games.
New York City FC comes after a winning season in 2021 where they lifted the MLS Cup for the first time in the team’s history and defeated the Portland Timbers 4-2 in penalties.
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