Heber registered a hat trick, and New York City FC earned a 5-3 win over AD San Carlos on Thursday night in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League first-round series at Alajuela, Costa Rica.
The teams will play the second leg of the two-game, total-goals series on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
Heber scored the game's first two goals in the 13th and 35th minutes. After Jorman Aguilar got a goal back for San Carlos in the 45th minute, Heber restored the two-goal advantage with a penalty kick in the 52nd minute.
Alex Callens stretched NYCFC's lead to three when he scored on a header in the 61st minute, but Marcos Mena (63rd minute) and Omar Browne (79th minute) responded for the hosts to make it 4-3. Alexandru Mitrita sealed NYCFC's win, however, with a tally in second-half stoppage time.
Heber became the fourth NYCFC player ever to record a hat trick, joining Frank Lampard (2016), David Villa (2017) and Mitrita (2019).
--Field Level Media