It’s the Home Opener Part DOOP as the Union return to Talen Energy Stadium to kick-off a three-game homestand with a match against Portland Timbers. The return home also brings a good chance for the Union to grab some valuable points.
This MLS season, the home team has a record of 24-7-14 in 45 matches, grabbing 86 of a possibly 135 points. The Union have already grabbed one of three, when the team drew the defending Eastern Conference champions in Toronto FC early in March, when it was a chilly and windy 32 degrees.
Saturday, it’ll be a nice and warm 59 degrees with no clouds, providing ideal playing conditions for the players. Also working in the Union’s favor is the team’s record at home against Portland. The Union are 1-0-2 against Portland in three matches at Talen Energy. The last meeting in Philadelphia was in 2015, when the Union put three past the Timbers’ keeper in the second half en route to a 3-0 win.
Being back at Talen Energy Stadium gives the Union a chance to grab some points and climb back up the table throughout April, and that starts with a match against Portland. The Timbers are a tough squad, but with the stellar play of CJ Sapong lately, paired with a backline only allowing 13 shots so far this season, the Union have a good chance to walk away with some valuable points.