New York City FC sail past Santos to reach CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Talles Magno scored a pair of second-half goals on Wednesday as MLS champion New York City FC sealed a 4-0 victory over visiting Santos de Guapiles of Costa Rica and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League in a game played in Los Angeles.

Alfredo Morales and Maxime Chanot had first-half goals for NYFC that essentially wrapped up a trip to the next round. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson did not need to make a save while earning the shutout.

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NYCFC finished the matchup with a 6-0 victory on aggregate after earning a 2-0 win over Santos in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Feb. 15 when Valentin Castellanos scored a pair of goals.

The Wednesday game was played at the home of LAFC after a CONCACAF-approved venue was not available in the New York area. The Los Angeles area was selected since NYCFC opens the MLS regular season at the LA Galaxy on Sunday.

Morales scored the opening goal in the 32nd minute and Chanot piled on in the 36th minute. After Santos' Alvin Bennett received a red card in the 83rd minute, Magno put an exclamation point on the victory with goals in the 80th and 86th minutes.

NYCFC earned its spot in Champions League after winning its first MLS Cup title last season with a victory in penalty kicks over the Portland Timbers.