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Philadelphia Union’s first Champions League opponent will be Deportivo Saprissa

Philadelphia Union will head to Costa Rica for the first leg in early April



The Philadelphia Union will kick off their first Concacaf Champions League campaign with a trip to Costa Rica to take on Deportivo Saprissa in early April.

The Union were drawn with the Costa Rican club Wednesday night.

While the date and time of the matches haven’t been announced, we do know that the Union will travel for the first game of the Round of 16 on April 6, 7 or 8 and host the second leg April, 13, 14 or 15 at Subaru Park.

Saprissa qualified for Champions League by reaching the final of the 2020 Concacaf League. This will be their 10th appearance overall with a previous CCL record of 17-16-11.

Former Philadelphia Union forward Josue Martinez played for the club as a youth and for three seasons on the senior team prior to his season with the Union in 2012. Former Bethlehem Steel FC left back Walter Cortes, who was on loan from Saprissa for the 2019 season, is currently on the team.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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