Atlanta United Draw Philadelphia Union in Leg Two of SCCL Quarterfinal
CHESTER, Pa. - Atlanta United drew with Philadelphia Union 1-1 in the second leg of its 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal match. Santiago Sosa scored his first professional goal; however, it was not enough to overcome the aggregate deficit and Philadelphia advanced to the semifinals.
Pushing numbers forward, Atlanta dealt with numerous Philadelphia counterattacks throughout the first half before grabbing the lead in first-half stoppage time. Marcelino Moreno started the play with a pinpoint pass to Sosa on the edge of the box. With Leon Flach draped over him, Sosa brilliantly shielded off his defender, turned on goal, took a touch and clinically placed his shot to the far post, past a diving Andre Blake for a 1-0 lead.
Atlanta continued to dominate possession throughout the second half and forced three saves by Blake, but it ultimately couldn't close the deficit. Philadelphia continued to counter and Kacper Przybylko equalized in the 88th minute to seal Philadelphia's place in the semifinals.
Atlanta (1-1-1, 4 points) returns to MLS action Sunday when it travels to play Inter Miami CF (1:00 p.m., ABC, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game, La Mejor).
2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals | Leg Two
Philadelphia Union 1, Atlanta United 1 (Philadelphia advances 4-1 on aggregate)
Shots: 22-9 Philadelphia
Shots on Target: 5-4 Philadelphia
Corner kicks: 4-3 Philadelphia
Fouls committed: 18-10 Philadelphia
Offside: 3-0 Atlanta
Possession: 69-31 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 89-74 Atlanta
ATL - Santiago Sosa (Marcelino Moreno) 45+2' [HIGHLIGHT]
PHI - Kacper Przybylko (Cory Burke) 88' [HIGHLIGHT]
PHI - Jack Elliott (yellow) 42'
PHI - Jamiro Monteiro (yellow) 50'
ATL - Marcelino Moreno (yellow) 61'
PHI - Oliver Mbaizo (yellow) 73'
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Brad Guzan ©; George Bello, Anton Walkes, Miles Robinson, Brooks Lennon; Santiago Sosa, Emerson Hyndman, Marcelino Moreno; Jake Mulraney, Josef Martinez (Erick "Cubo" Torres - 78'), Erik Lopez.
Substitutes not used: Ben Lundgaard, Mikey Ambrose, Alan Franco, George Campbell, Franco Ibarra, Jackson Conway.
PHILADELPHIA UNION STARTING LINEUP
Andre Blake; Oliver Mbaizo, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Kai Wagner; Alejandro Bedoya ©, Leon Flach (Jack MyGlynn - 89'), Jamiro Monteiro; Anthony Fontana (Matt Real - 66'), Sergio Santos, Kacper Przybylko.
Substitutes not used: Matt Freese, Aurélien Collin, Cole Turner, Cory Burke, Quinn Sullivan,
Armando Villarreal (referee), Corey Parker (assistant), Logan Brown, (assistant), Ted Unkel (fourth), Edvin Jurisevic (VAR), Timothy Ford (AVAR)
Atlanta played without three regulars: Ezequiel Barco and Jürgen Damm (lower body) and Lisandro Lopez (personal).
Santiago Sosa scored his first professional goal. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder had played in 21 professional matches at River Plate prior to joining Atlanta United.
Sosa also led the team in touches (109), successful passes (73), duels won (12), tackles (4), interceptions (2) and blocks (3).
Emerson Hyndman had a game-high 10 recoveries.
Miles Robinson had a team-high six clearances.
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