The New Red Bulls (pictured) will open their CONCACAF Champions League campaign against visiting FAS on August 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the New York Red Bulls)
HARRISON, New Jersey -- The New York Red Bulls start their CONCACAF Champions League already trailing Group 3 leader Impact de Montreal by six points due to the fact that the Canadian champion has played two games before the MLS squad played even one.
The 2013 MLS Supporters’ Shield winner will have an opportunity to make up important ground on Tuesday night, when CD FAS (0-0-2, 0 points) visits Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night. Montreal (2-0-0, 6 points) won its first two matches against the El Salvadoran side.
If the pressure is on his team, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke doesn't necessarily think so.
"I honestly don’t think any pressure whatsoever," he said. "We understand what’s going on. Montreal got out to two quick starts. We know the tie-breaker scenarios, so we know that we need to go out and we need to win."
Except for his starting goalkeeper, Petke wouldn't reveal his Starting XI, though he did give some hints.
"I’m putting out what I consider to be a very experienced squad and we’re looking to win this game," he commented. "We’re looking to go out and win it early and get out of there injury free and three points in hand in the group."
Ryan Meara, who was been Luis Robles' understudy since the start of the 2013, will get the starting nod in goal for the hosts.