Match Recap: Philadelphia Union 1, Portland Timbers 2
A late comeback falls just short as the Union exit the MLS is Back in the semifinal round
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 5, 2020) – Philadelphia Union clashed with the Portland Timbers Thursday night in the MLS Is Back Tournament Semifinal match presented by Audi, falling to the Western Conference foe 2-1. Portland took the lead early with a 13th minute goal and doubled the advantage in the 70th minute. Philadelphia cut the Timber’s advantage in half in the 85th minute after a Jamiro Monteiro free kick was saved and Andrew Wooten picked up the rebound and scored from close range. Just a minute later a scramble in the box ended with Kacper Przybylko putting the ball in the back of the net, but an offside call would take the equalizer of the board.
Philadelphia Union 1, Portland Timbers 2
Disney Wide World of Sports Complex (Orlando, Fla.)
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Jeremy Kieso
Fourth Official: Ramy Touchan
VAR: Joseph Dickerson
Assistant VAR: Kathryn Nesbitt
Weather: 79 and clear
POR – Jeremy Ebobisse (Diego Valeri) 13’
POR – Sebastian Blanco (Dario Zuparic, Diego Valeri) 70’
PHI – Andrew Wooten 85’
PHI – Kai Wagner (caution) 38’
PHI – Alejandro Bedoya (caution) 62’
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Raymon Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Mark McKenzie, Kai Wagner; Alejandro Bedoya, Jose Martinez (Andrew Wooten, 72’), Jamiro Monteiro, Brenden Aaronson (Matt Real 86’); Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos (Ilsinho, 59’)
Substitutes not used: Joe Bendik, Aurelien Collin, Jakob Glesnes, Matt Real, Olivier Mbaizo, Anthony Fontana, Matej Oravec, Jack de Vries, Cole Turner, Michee Ngalina
Portland Timbers: Steve Clark; Chris Duvall, Larrys Mabiala, Dario Zuparic, Jorge Villafana (Pablo Bonilla, 86’); Diego Chara, Eyrk Williamson, Marvin Loria (Andy Polo, 56’), Diego Valeri (Bill Tuiloma, 90’+’1), Sebastian Blanco (Felipe Mora, 86’); Jeremy Ebobisse (Jaroslaw Niezgoda, 56’)
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Julio Casacante, Marco Farfan, Renzo Zambrano, Cristhian Paredes, Tomas Conechny, Blake Bodily
- Goalkeeper Andre Blake’s stellar season continued tonight against the Timbers. He made five saves on the night, his seventh game with five or more saves in a match. Blake leads MLS with 27 regular season saves, has made 32 saves across all competitions, and has posted two shutouts in 2020.
- Forward Andrew Wooten’s 85th minute goal was the first of his Union career. He now has one goal and one assist for the Union after appearing in nine matches across all competitions since joining the club last season. He also becomes the ninth different player to score for the Union in 2020 with the club having netted 12 goals across all competitions.
- Philadelphia has now scored in seven straight matches. The most recent streak of seven or more goals came between May 25, 2019 and July 7, 2020 with the Union scoring in eight-straight matches.
- The Union are 4-2-2 in the first eight matches of 2020, tying a team record. Philadelphia also went 4-2-2 to start the 2011 season. The Union only scored six goals to start the 2011 season but have scored 13 goals in the same eight-match span this season.