The Philadelphia Union is ready to take on the CONCACAF Champions League and for their first match, they’ll be headed to Costa Rica.
In early April the Union will head down there to meet Deportivo Saprissa in the first leg of the Champions League competition and will host the 2nd leg at Subaru Park. The first leg projects to be on April 6th, 7th, or 8th, and the 2nd will be back stateside on April 13th, 14th, or 15th.
The Union is entering new territory. This is the first time in the history of the club that they have been able to advance to the CL. In addition to not having a long club history, the Union has a roster that features young talent. They are going to have to rely on coach Jim Curtin for guidance and experience and lean on veteran leaders like captain Alejandro Bedoya.
The Union qualified for the league by having the best regular-season record in the MLS and taking home the Supporter’s Shield. Saprissa qualified by being a finalist in the 2020 CONCACAF League. They have a had previous runs in the Champions League and will go into their 10th appearance with a record of 17-16-11 overall.
The winner of the Round of 16 contest will next take the pitch to match with the winner of the Atlanta United vs LD Alajuelense.