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