How To Watch
Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 5:00pm Pacific, 7:00pm Central, 8:00pm Eastern
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey, United States
TV: Univision Deportes Network (US - Spanish), FOX Sports Cono Norte (Mexico)
Chivas is 90 minutes from making their first Champions League final since 2007 but must first have to survive Red Bull Arena, a venue where the New York Red Bulls have only seen victory so far in 2018. Two league games and two CCL games have equaled four wins for Jesse Marsch’s squad.
The first leg saw El Rebaño Sagrado get the job done with a 1-0 win and they managed to defend home, a very important factor with the visitor's goal worth as much as it is in this competition. Chivas kept most of the ball possession and focused on the counter-attack with Isaac Brizuela finding the back of the net this way in the first half.
In the second half, fouls started piling up and the game was slowed by the physicality of both teams. That style of play would prove costly for New York though, who lost defender Aurelien Collin via a red card in the 73rd minute. The Northeastern club will also be without young forward Alex Muyl for yellow card accumulation.
Chivas, on the other hand, will be without their best defender in Jair Pereira, who was suspended for two games by the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee. Chivas had experienced a recent return to form since the reunion of the Alanis-Pereira duo in central defense, but now will be without one half of that one-two punch.
It was a messy first 90 minutes for the Red Bulls, so can they capitalize at home like they’ve done all season? Or will Chivas prove their doubters wrong and save the Clausura 2018 campaign by booking a ticket to the Champions League final?
Highlights of the first leg: