(Courtesy Red Bulls)
The Red Bulls advanced out of Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group play for the first time in club history after winning Group F with a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night against Guatemala Antigua FC.
New York finishes group play with a 2-0-2 record, clinching a spot in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals early next year. The Red Bulls earn the club milestone just days after clinching a seventh-straight berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.
New York extends the unbeaten streak to 17 matches across all competitions, including a club record 13 in MLS, and four Champions League games.
Luis Robles was in goal for the Red Bulls and he earned the shutout.
The Red Bulls used a bit of a different lineup for this one in Guatemala, as Shawn Wright-Phillips got a rare start, and Justin Bilyeu and Aaron Long started on defense.
The offense up front was similar, as Felipe, Mike Grella, and Gonzalo Veron started and Bradley Wright-Phillips came on in the 76th minute. Sacha Kljestan and Dax McCarty were given the night off.
The Red Bulls return home this Saturday for a big MLS match, as they host the Philadelphia Union at 7 p.m.
The Red Bulls are in first place in the MLS standings with 48 points (13-9-9), while Philadelphia is in fourth with 42 points (11-9-11).