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How to watch CD Olimpia vs New York Red Bulls in 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, round of 16, 1st leg: start time, TV schedule, and live stream

RBNY’s 2018 season-opener is against a Honduran opponent in Costa Rica.

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The New York Red Bulls’ 2018 season starts on February 22 in Costa Rica, with a CONCACAF Champions League fixture against Honduran side CD Olimpia.

The match will played in an empty Estadio Nacional in San Jose because CONCACAF isn’t keen on the idea of staging games in Honduras at the moment (due to the country’s turbulent political situation), and Olimpia - technically the home team for this match - is serving a six-match penalty for crowd trouble at its home ground in last summer’s CONCACAF League.

So Olimpia has to play away from home for two reasons, and those reasons combine to place this game behind the closed doors of the 35,000 capacity national stadium of Costa Rica.

This is the first of two games between RBNY and Olimpia must play to settle which team advances to the quarterfinals of CCL 2018. The winner will be the side with the most goals on aggregate from the two legs (RBNY hosts the second leg on March 1). If aggregate scores are tied at the end of the second leg, away goals are the first tiebreaker - so this game is the Red Bulls’ opportunity to get ahead on that score, at the very least. If the teams are level on both total goals scored and goals scored away from home after the second leg, a penalty shootout will decide the winner (i.e. no extra time will be played).

But those considerations don’t apply until March 1, when Olimpia travels to Red Bull Arena. For now, both teams are focused simply on taking an advantage with them to next week’s second leg. And they’ll do so with no one to cheer them on but their own subs benches and technical staffs.

Once A Metro has a reporter on the scene. Follow @MetroCapo on Twitter for thoughts emerging from Estadio Nacional, and check back with OaM for his more considered take on what he saw in Costa Rica.

Also, Red Bulls Radio will be broadcasting live from the match: OaM has some confidence that will be the most informed RBNY-focused commentary to be found with regard to this game.

Olimpia vs New York Red Bulls - 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, Round of 16, Leg 1

When: 10:00 pm, Eastern; Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where: Estadio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

TV: Univision Deportes USA

Online: go90, fuboTV, Red Bulls Radio