Philadelphia Union earn 1-0 win in CONCACAF Champions League opener

By Field Level Media
Oct 24, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Union forward Kacper Przybylko (23) before action against Toronto FC at Subaru Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Kacper Przybylko’s first-half goal gave the Philadelphia Union a 1-0 win over Saprissa in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League opening-round series Wednesday in San Jose, Costa Rica.

In the 34th minute, Olivier Mbaizo delivered a perfect cross from the right flank to the front of the net, an unmarked Przybylko powered in a header past goalie Aaron Cruz for the only score.

The two-leg, total-goal series will conclude April 14 in Chester, Pa.

Later Wednesday, Toronto FC was set to oppose Leon in Mexico.

Philadelphia joins Atlanta United as MLS teams taking 1-0 leads into their CONCACAF Champions League home legs next week, as Atlanta beat Costa Rica’s Alajuelense on Tuesday. The Portland Timbers played to a 2-2 draw against Marathon on Tuesday in Honduras.

The Columbus Crew open their CCL campaign Thursday against Real Esteli in Nicaragua.

–Field Level Media