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CONCACAF Champions League: Union roll into semis

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The Philadelphia Union cruised into the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, completing a 4-1 aggregate victory over Atlanta United with a 1-1 draw in the second leg Tuesday at Atlanta.

The Union will oppose either the Portland Timbers or Mexico’s Club America in the two-leg semifinals, which will be played in mid-August and mid-September. The Timbers-America series is tied 1-1 heading to the second leg at Mexico City on Wednesday.

Atlanta United attempted to get back into its match Tuesday by scoring the opening goal. Santiago Sosa took a pass just outside the 18-yard box, turned past a defender and fired a low, hard shot inside the far post in first-half stoppage time.

The Union got an insurance goal in the 88th minute when a botched clearance attempt by Atlanta left the ball for Kacper Przybylko, facing a nearly vacated net. He fired in a 10-yard shot to level the evening’s score.

In the late game Tuesday, Toronto FC were set to oppose Cruz Azul in Mexico City in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. Cruz Azul won 3-1 in Toronto last week.

The winner of the Toronto-Cruz Azul series will move on to oppose either Monterrey or the Columbus Crew. Monterrey heads home to Guadalupe, Mexico, on Wednesday after a 2-2 tie in Ohio.

–Field Level Media

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