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Darlington Nagbe, Roy Miller, and Fernando Adi were all on target as the Portland Timbers rattled off three unanswered goals to beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in Chester.
Richie Marquez scored his first goal of the season to open the scoring, but it would only end up being a consolation.
Union head coach Jim Curtin made just one change to the team that lost in D.C. last Saturday. C.J. Sapong replaced Jay Simpson leading the line. Richie Marquez recovered from concussion protocol in time to keep his place alongside Oguchi Onyewu in central defense.
The first chance of the match fell to Philadelphia as Sapong did ever so well to backheel a ball into space on the left corner of the Portland area for Fabinho to run onto. But Jake Gleeson was out quickly to smother the attempt, sliding out and saving with his feet as Fabinho tried to poke the ball through.
Alejandro Bedoya earned the Union a set piece about 25 yards out from the Portland goal, just off to the right in the 17th minute. Haris Medunjanin took the free kick and forced a fine save from Gleeson with a well struck ball that the Timbers’ keeper dove to his left to push aside.
Philadelphia would finally break through in the 26th minute. Medunjanin swung in a well-placed corner from the left, and Richie Marquez rose highest to head into the bottom right corner from just inside the penalty spot.
The lead would be short lived though, with the Timbers striking back in the 32nd minute. Derrick Jones failed to clear a bouncing ball and Darlington Nagbe intercepted. The Union youngster failed to push into a big enough challenge to win the ball back, and Nagbe was able to fire into the bottom corner from 20 yards. The shot came through sets of Union defender legs, but Blake will be disappointed to have been beaten from such distance.
The Union started the second half on the front foot. Ilsinho made a driving run with the ball in the 53rd minute, picking up the ball near the midfield line and making a mazy run through the Portland back line before firing just wide with his left foot from 20 yards.
Jim Curtin would call on Roland Alberg and Fabian Herbers in the 65th minute, as they replaced Derrick Jones and Chris Pontius.
But Portland would take the lead in the 66th minute. Diego Valeri floated in a perfect free kick from 40 yards out that Roy Miller was able to flick on and beat Blake to the far post on the left side.
Portland put the game out of reach with a third goal in the 88th minute. Fabinho scuffed a clearance, and Portland sub Darren Mattocks latched onto the ball and was one on one with Andre Blake. Mattocks did well to push the ball past Blake and the Union goalkeeper could only pull down the midfielder. The foul looked to be on the edge of the area, but a penalty was awarded.
Fanendo Adi stepped up to take the penalty, and sent Blake the wrong way, firing down the center of the goal.
The Union are next in action when they host NYCFC on Friday at 7 p.m. at Talen Energy Field.
- Killed on corner counters: Portland took advantage of Philadelphia’s lack of speed by quickly initiating the counterattack after Union corners. It worked multiple times, including the final goal.
- Bedoya at the 8: Bedoya dropped back to the No. 8 center midfield role after Roland Alberg entered the match, but it didn’t help the result.
- Simpson/Sapong: Simpson and Sapong finally featured together at the same time, but it wasn’t the two-striker set you’d expect. Instead, Sapong slid out to the wing.
Andre Blake, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry, Derrick Jones (Fabian Herbers 65′), Haris Medunjanin, Ilsinho (Jay Simpson 78′), Alejandro Bedoya, Chris Pontius (Roland Alberg 65′), C.J. Sapong
Unused Subs: Jake McGuire, Ray Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Warren Creavalle, Marcus Epps
Jake Gleeson, Lawrence Olum, Roy Miller, Marco Farfan, Alvas Powell, Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri (Amobi Okugo 82′), Sebastian Blanco (Darren Mattocks 71′), David Guzman, Fanendo Adi (Jack Barmby 89′)
Unused subs: Vytautas Andriuskevicuius, Chance Myers, Jeremy Ebobisse, Darren Mattocks, Jeff Attinella
PHI: Richie Marquez — 26′ (Haris Medujanin)
POR: Darlington Nagbe — 32′
POR: Roy Miller — 66′ (Diego Valeri)
POR: Fanendo Adi – 88′ (penalty kick)
POR: David Guzman — 16′ (unsporting behavior)
PHI: Haris Mejunjanin— 45+3′ (unsporting behavior)
POR: Lawrence Olum – 73′ (unsporting behavior)
PHI: Andre Blake – 85′ (unsporting behavior)
POR: Fanendo Adi – 89′ (delaying the restart of play)
PHI: Oguchi Onyewu – 90+4′(dissent)
|Philadelphia Union||Portland Timbers|
|4||Shots on Target||6|
|3||Shots off Target||4|
|52%||Duels Won %||48%|