Philadelphia Union looks to conclude a busy schedule ahead of Major League Soccer’s June break with another strong performance as they host the Portland Timbers in primetime Sunday night. Kick off from Subaru Park is set for 7 p.m. ET with the clash being shown coast to coast on FS1 and Fox Deportes. Tickets are going fast so don’t miss out rooting for the Boys in Blue in this East vs. West battle!
The Union are coming off yet another road shutout to push their overall total to five across MLS and the Scotiabank Concancaf Champions League. The latest came against rival D.C. United with Kacper Przybylko’s 25th career goal being the match winner just before the halftime whistle. Jamiro Monteiro had some Ja’magic in the form of a clipped aerial pass behind the defensive line. Przybylko rolled off his man and calmly deposited the ball just inside the near post. The offside flag was raised, but VAR showed that the Union striker’s patient run kept him onside.
Sunday’s clash marks the first time to two sides have met up since the MLS Is Back Tournament Semifinals which saw the Timbers win via a 2-1 margin. Portland owns a 6-3-1 record all-time against the Union with Philly’s lone win coming in 2015 in the City of Brotherly Love. Overall the Timbers have won five-straight matches.
Head Coach Giovanni Savarese has the Timbers finding their footing despite a 3-3 start to the 2021 season. With midfielders Diego Chara and Sebastien Blanco missing time due to injuries, Diego Valeri, Felipe Mora and Eryk Williamson have stepped up their game to get back-to-back wins over the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy. Mora bagged a brace against the 10-sided Galaxy while Valeri converted from the PK spot.