New York City Football Club won the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League round of 16 with a 5-3 road triumph against AD San Carlos in Costa Rica.
The second leg will be played on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena at 6 p.m. ET.
National Hall of Fame goalkeeper Tony Meola provided the analysis of the victory for FS2 in which Heber recorded a hat trick – the first three-goal performance by an MLS player in CCL history.
Meola joins Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks for a closer look at the key elements of the opening match and what NYCFC fans can expect moving forward.
He also describes the disadvantage MLS teams have in this event and compares his playing days as an MLS original to the current players who recently agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement.
The New Jersey native also chats about his days growing up in Kearny, New Jersey – a soccer community that has produced some of the top players in U.S. National Team history including John Harkes and Tab Ramos.
“In most cities at that time, soccer was not the cool thing to do,” Meola said. “In our town, you weren’t in the “in crowd” if you didn’t play soccer.”