Sapong vs. Portland

MATCH PREVIEW: Union welcome Portland to Talen for the Home Opener Part DOOP

Philadelphia Union return to MLS action this Saturday when they take on Western Conference leaders Portland Timbers at Talen Energy Stadium for the team's Home Opener Part DOOP. This will be the first of three consecutive home matches for the Union, before they host NYCFC and Montreal Impact.

This will be the first and only meeting between these two clubs in 2017. Philadelphia owns an all-time record of 1-3-3 against Portland; however the Union have never lost to Portland at Talen Energy Stadium, owning a record of 1-0-2. The last meeting between these two clubs took place on Sept. 17, 2016 at Providence Park in Portland with the Timbers taking the match 2-1. The last match in Chester saw the Union dominate in a 3-0 victory.        

Philadelphia currently sits in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 0-2-2. The Union dropped their last match in a 2-1 road decision against D.C. United. Forward CJ Sapong recorded a goal for the third consecutive match, just the second time in his career he’s accomplished that feat.

A couple of players to watch for Philadelphia are Sapong and Chris Pontius. As previously mentioned, Sapong has scored goals in three consecutive matches in 2017. This is the second time Sapong has recorded a goal in back-to-back-to-back matches in his career. Sapong’s longest consecutive goal-scoring streak is four matches which occurred on June 3rd, 6th, 20th, 24th of 2015. Sapong is tied for sixth in MLS in goals with three.

For Pontius, he has contributed to his clubs in a big way when playing the Timbers. In his career against Portland, Pontius has recorded three goals and an assist in four matches against the Timbers.

Portland Timbers enter Saturday’s contest as the top club in the Western Conference with a record of 3-1-1. Their 10 points is tied with Columbus Crew SC for the most points in all of MLS. The Timbers have seen massive results from Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri. Adi has recorded four goals in four matches including a brace against Minnesota United. He currently leads MLS in shots and shots on goal. Valeri has found the back of the net four times, with two braces against Minnesota and Houston Dynamo. Valeri also has recorded two assists this season.

Kick-off for this MLS clash is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on The Comcast Network (TCN) with JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth on the call.

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