New York City FC had an extraordinary 2021 MLS Season, as they managed to become champions for the first time in their history, beating Portland Timbers in a game that had to be decided by a penalty shoot out after a 1-1 draw in overtime.
Now, they will try to keep the momentum going as they get ready to play in CONCACAF Champions League, although they won’t be able to do it at home with their people. Instead, they’ll have to travel across the country to dispute their game against Costa Rican Santos Guapilés in Los Angeles.
Given that the Citizens primary and secondary venues -Yankee Stadium and Citi Field- are not CONCACAF-approved venues, NYCFC had to find a place where they could dispute their home matches, at least the one for the round of 16, and after much consideration, they decided to play in LAFC’s home.
Why they chose to play in Los Angeles?
The second leg of the round of 16 of CONCACAF Champions League will be played on February 23, and the decision of playing it on Banc of California Stadium mainly resided in the proximity to their next match, on February 27 against LA Galaxy, when they’ll debut in the 2022 MLS Season.