Atlanta beat Alajuelense despite Guzan red card

Atlanta United defeated Alajuelense 1-0 in the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League opening-round series in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on Tuesday.

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Atlanta keeper Brad Guzan received a red card in an the 43rd minute for a challenge outside the penalty area, but a 50th-minute penalty, converted by Ezequiel Barco, provided enough for the visitors to take a lead home for the second leg on April 13.

Rocco Rios Novo, 18, took over for Guzan in the Atlanta United net and completed the shutout. He finished with six saves.