The quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League kicked off on Tuesday, April 27, with two MLS teams taking the lead. Atlanta United faced the Philadelphia Union at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where there was a result that surprised more than one. The visit was imposed by a categorical 3-0, so it was very well positioned for the rematch match of the international tournament.
The team led by Gabriel Heinze arrived at this stage after defeating Liga Deportiva Alajuelense with an aggregate result of 2-0, while the franchise led tactically by Jim Curtin had no problems with Saprissa and eliminated them from the round of 16 of the Concachampions with a 5-0 aggregate.
The first half of the meeting was painted red and black, since the locals were extremely superior. Goalkeeper Andre Blake dressed as a hero and saved each of Atlanta's onslaught, the clearest of which was a heads-up where Blake guessed Jürgen Damm's intention.
Soccer, like all sports, is not won by possession or by the number of occasions generated, but by conversions. In that sense, Philadelphia was effective: Kacper Przybylko converted twice in a matter of minutes. First, he made use of his scoring nose to push the ball at the far post and, later, he defined a great cross against his team.
The result was already favorable for the visit, but it was going to be a surprise at the end. When the game died, Philadelphia Union took out a new against led by Przybylko, who this time decided to assist his teammate Anthony Fontana to make the final 3-0. With the return still to be played, the feeling that remains is that it will be very difficult for Atlanta United to reach the semifinals.
Atlanta United vs Philadelphia Union: Highlights