CONCACAF Champions League: Philadelphia, Cruz Azul win 1st legs

Apr 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta United midfielder Emerson Hyndman (20) is defended by Philadelphia Union midfielder Jamiro Monteiro (10) in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Kacper Przybylko scored two second-half goals and assisted on another as the Philadelphia Union pulled away for a 3-0 win over host Atlanta United in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.

The final leg of the total-goals series will be played May 4 in Chester, Pa.

Przybylko tapped in the first goal off a corner kick in the 57th minute, and he doubled the lead with a 16-yard shot off a two-on-one breakaway in the 73rd minute.

Anthony Fontana capped the Union’s big night when he rolled the ball into an empty-net off a two-on-none breakaway with Przybylko.

The Philadelphia-Atlanta winner advances to a semifinal matchup against the Portland Timbers or Club America, who begin their quarterfinal series Wednesday in Oregon.

Cruz Azul 3, Toronto FC 1

Brayan Angulo gave Cruz Azul the lead twice in the first half, and the Mexican side powered to a victory in the first leg of a quarterfinal series at Tampa.

The second leg is scheduled for May 4 in Mexico City.

A curling 18-yard effort from Angulo in the third minute opened the scoring, but Toronto’s Jonathan Osorio leveled the score in the 20th minute after a scramble in the 6-yard box.

Angulo put Cruz Azul on top for good in the 34th minute with a tap-in off a corner kick. Pablo Aguilar’s header off a free kick in the 58th minute sealed the first-leg outcome.

The Cruz Azul-Toronto winner will move on to meet either Mexico’s Monterrey or the Columbus Crew, who open their quarterfinal series Wednesday in Ohio.

–Field Level Media