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Red Bulls handle Atlético Pantoja to start CCL campaign (video)

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The New York Red Bulls didn’t need to leave it late (like DaMarcus Beasley and Houston), nor did the MLS side forget how to play (like Toronto FC).

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RBNY scooped up a 2-0 first leg defeat of Dominican Republic side Atlético Pantoja in CONCACAF Champions League play in Santo Domingo on Wednesday.

Daniel Royer inspired a first half Pantoja own goal, but it was Kaku’s looping assist to Royer that stole the show with an insurance marker in the 67th minute.

Academy product and former Wake Forest midfielder Omir Fernandez, 20, made his senior debut off the bench in the 75th minute.

Mariano returns to Real Madrid, reportedly with No. 7 shirt

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Real Madrid has brought Mariano Diaz back to town.

Mariano’s been at the Bernabeu before, and he’s fairly excited about his return… as the new No. 7, according to Goal.

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That’s a heavy weight at Real, where Cristiano Ronaldo has had a bit of success with the digit on his back.

The 25-year-old played thrice for Lyon this season, not scoring, but bagged 21 with seven assists in 45 appearances last season.

He cost Lyon around $10 million last summer. No fee has been reported for this deal.

Mariano was capped by the Dominican Republic in 2013 and scored in his lone match, but has since shelved his tenure with the CONCACAF side in order to leave himself available to Spain.