Think unhappy — for everyone involved.
This was the bizarre backdrop to Wednesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League match between New York City FC and AD San Carlos of Costa Rica. NYCFC won 1-0 on a first-half goal by Alexander Callens to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round by virtue of a 6-3 aggregate.
Oh, and the game was at Red Bull Arena.
Yes, Red Bull Arena — enemy territory, the den of NYCFC’s fiercest rival, the Red Bulls, the Harrison, N.J., arena in which NYCFC had been 1-7-1 all time and had been outscored 20-6.
In other words: NYCFC, competing in this prestigious tournament for the first time in club history by virtue of its first-place finish in the MLS Eastern Conference last season, was forced to play its “home’’ match in this series in what had been a House of Horrors for the club since it entered MLS in 2015.
Yankee Stadium, which has served as NYCFC’s home for the past five seasons as the club has searched unsuccessfully for its own soccer-specific stadium, was unavailable Wednesday night because its field is still in the process of being “winterized.’’
Same for Citi Field.
NYCFC had sought all options other than Red Bull Arena, including playing at St. John’s, which was rejected by CONCACAF officials.
“We want to really play at home,’’ NYCFC coach Ronny Deila, who’s in his first season with the club, said before…