There were doubters, yes. But there are always doubters.

They don’t have the mentality.

A Costa Rican giant with experience on its side: Dispatched, Philly style.

A familiar foe: Southern-fried in their own home with all the fixins.

Less than six months after wrapping up the MLS Supporters’ Shield, and less than a year after a trip to the MLS Is Back Tournament Semifinals, the Union are back in a final four.

On Tuesday night, the Union became the first club to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League by knocking off Atlanta United 4-1 over two legs.

It is another remarkable achievement for Jim Curtin and his team. Despite losing MLS 22 under 22 No. 1 player Brenden Aaronson and Defender of the Year candidate Mark McKenzie, Philly has proven they can slug it out with anyone, on any night, in any setting. Bring on the best North America has to offer: The Fight For Philly will continue in the Champions League.

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