Union advanced this Tuesday to the semifinals of the Champions League of the Concacaf by drawing 1-1 at home with Atlanta
a week after beating him away 3-0 in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
The Union now awaits the winner of the series between the Mexican America and the American Portland Timbers, who drew 1-1 in the first leg. Although Atlanta United scored before the end of the first half, Union saved the tie in the final stretch of the game.
The first goal of the game came in injury time of the first half (45 + 2) when Argentine Marcelino Moreno served the ball at the feet of his compatriot Santiago Sosa, who left his marker, defender Jack, behind with a break. Elliott and beat Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake on the bass.
Both teams had previously had a scoring chance each, but Blake and Brad Guzan, who worked in goal for Atlanta United, responded well and avoided it. Atlanta United, whose bench is Argentine Gabriel Heinze, had control of the ball but could not find the way to increase the difference to even the series.
The Union always maintained their concentration and although they missed clear goal chances in the second half with their counterattack football, at the end the figure of the Polish striker, Kacper Przybylko, author of the double in the first leg, emerged again, and sentenced the match and eliminatory when the minute 88 marked the tie. Przybylko, with three goals scored in the tie, became the Union’s key figure alongside goalkeeper Blake, who was always safe in decisive moments.
Curtin had also moved the bench very well with the three changes he made while Heinze limited himself to taking out the Venezuelan striker Josef Martínez, who is still at odds with the goal, for the Mexican Erick Torres, who had the opportunity to have put the 0- 2, but Blake stopped him with a big intervention.
1 – Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Oliver Mbaizo, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliot, Kai Wagner; Leon Flach (m.89, Jack McGlynn), Anthony Fontana (m.66, Matthew Real), Alejandro Bedoya; Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos (m.71, Cory Burke).
Coach: Jim Curtin
1 – Atlanta United: Brad Guzan; Brooks Lennon, Miles Robinson, Anton Walkes, George Bello; Marcelino Moreno, Santiago Sosa, Emerson Hyndman; Jake Mulraney, Josef Martínez (m.78, Erick Torres) and Erik López, 19-year-old Paraguayan.
Coach: Gabriel Heinze
Goals: 0-1, Santiago Sosa (m. 45 + 2); 1-1, Kacper Przybylko (d. 88)
Referee: American Armando Villarreal admonished Jack Elliot, Jamiro Monteiro, Olivier Mbaizo, Matthew Real and Marcelino Moreno.
Incidents: Second leg of the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League played at Subaru Park, Chester (Pennsylvania).