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Red Bulls handle Atlético Pantoja to start CCL campaign (video)

Atlanta United FC v New York Red Bulls: Eastern Conference Finals - Leg 2

HARRISON, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 29: Alejandro Romero Gamarra #10 of New York Red Bulls reacts to a call in the seconcd half against the Atlanta United FC during the Eastern Conference Finals Leg 2 match at Red Bull Arena on November 29, 2018 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The New York Red Bulls didn’t need to leave it late (like DaMarcus Beasley and Houston), nor did the MLS side forget how to play (like Toronto FC).

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RBNY scooped up a 2-0 first leg defeat of Dominican Republic side Atlético Pantoja in CONCACAF Champions League play in Santo Domingo on Wednesday.

Daniel Royer inspired a first half Pantoja own goal, but it was Kaku’s looping assist to Royer that stole the show with an insurance marker in the 67th minute.

Academy product and former Wake Forest midfielder Omir Fernandez, 20, made his senior debut off the bench in the 75th minute.

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