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Official: Atletico Pantoja to play 2019 CONCACAF Champions League opener in Santiago

Estadio Cibao will host the New York Red Bulls’ first competitive game of 2019.

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As reported by the Dominican press since the day the draw for round of 16 of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League was completed, Atletico Pantoja will host its opening game of the tournament - against the New York Red Bulls - at Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic. But initial reporting of the scheduled dates was a little off, so perhaps the long-held view that the match would not be played in Santo Domingo was similarly mistaken.

Not so much, the original reports are confirmed by Atletico Pantoja’s official website. And Facebook. And Twitter. The first leg of RBNY’s round of 16 CCL 2019 series with the reigning Caribbean club champion will be played in Santiago de los Caballeros at Estadio Cibao.

The match will be held on February 20, kicking off at 8:00 pm, Eastern (9:00 pm, local time).

The match will also be broadcast in the US by Univision Deportes and Yahoo Sports. Fox Sports Latin America will carry the game in Mexico, Central America, and Dominican Republic. Flow Sports is the broadcaster for the rest of the Caribbean. CONCACAF Go will stream the game for viewers outside those territories.