ATLANTA GEORGIA—The dream of Atlanta United to end their second straight exit in the Concacaf Champions League this year has ended in a nightmare.
This developed after the Philadelphia Union beat them 4-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw in Tuesday’s second leg at Subaru Park.
Desperate for a win after a 3-1 deficit in the first leg, the visiting United team was constantly on the attack in the first half.
The aggressive play of the United allowed Santiago Sosa to score a goal before the first half ended.
The goal is sweet for the 22-year-old Argentinian since it is his first-ever goal in the professional level after signing with the Major League Soccer ball club in February.
Sensing danger, the home team Union began to play with more energy in the second half with resulted in a goal for Kacper Przybylko.
After Przybylko’s goal, the team of Jim Curtin played more solid in defense to thwart the numerous goal attempts of the desperate United team.
With their win, the Union moves into the semifinals of the CCL.
While the team of Gabriel Heinze played solid in a losing effort, it was evident that they are missing the services of winger Jurgen Damm and attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco who are both out due to muscle injuries.
Despite their third straight quarterfinals CCL exit, there is still a bright home for the team especially on the great performance of the youngster Sosa.