By Melody Miller

Kacper Przybylko’s first-half goal gave the Union a 1-0 win over Saprissa in a CONCACAF Champions League match 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, and an unmarked Przybylko powered in a header past goalie Aaron Cruz for the only score.

The Union defense withheld a second-half onslaught from the hosts, and the match ended in controversy as Ricardo Blanco Mora’s lunging foul on Philadelphia’s Kai Wagner was punished with just a yellow card.

The ensuing fracas saw both teams’ benches clear as the referee struggled to regain control of the match.

The second leg of the round of 16 will be held at Subaru Park in Chester on April 14.