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May 31, 2021 at 12am UK at PPL Park
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Union
3-0
PortlandPortland Timbers
Przybylko (26'), Santos (31'), Elliott (63')
Mbaizo (5')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Zuparic (62'), Bravo (72')

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer will face each other on Sunday when the Philadelphia Union host the Portland Timbers at Subaru Park.

The Union are unbeaten in their last four league matches, posting two consecutive shutouts, while Portland have put together two successive victories themselves without conceding.


Match preview

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin walks onto the field before match against the New England Revolution on May 12, 2021© Reuters

The Union started the season slowly with just one point from their opening two fixtures, but they have come alive since advancing to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Manager Jim Curtin has stressed to his side the importance of committing to defence, and that message has clearly been well received as the Union have maintained three clean sheets in their last four MLS matches and conceded only once in that time.

His team have executed the diamond formation to near perfection over the past couple of games, taking away a lot of time and space on their opponents while also attacking when the opportunity arrives effectively.

Subaru Park will be opening up to 75% capacity, which should provide yet another boost to a squad that went unbeaten at home in 2020 but have lost two of their three league fixtures this season in an empty home stadium.

This match could be a tough challenge for the Union, who are winless against the Timbers over the past six seasons and face a Portland side just starting to find their game.

Some critical injuries to the Timbers appear to have served as a rallying cry to a team with high expectations heading into 2021, after capturing the MLS is Back Tournament last season.

Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese pictured in September 2020© Reuters

Logan Ketterer has stepped up in place of injured goalkeeper Jeff Attinella brilliantly with two successive clean sheets, and making seven saves.

A frightening tackle on striker Andy Polo last week seemed to light a fire in Portland in the second half, as they scored three goals against the LA Galaxy.

In that match the false nine seemed to work wonders for the Timbers as star midfielder Diego Valeri and striker Felipe Mora were dazzling in the second half, with the latter scoring twice.

This team have faced some stiff competition since their elimination in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League and have performed exceptionally well, narrowly losing to the Seattle Sounders before shutting down the San Jose Earthquakes and then the Galaxy.

If they can get healthy, they will be a formidable side to overcome and could be fighting with the likes of Seattle and Sporting Kansas City for the top spot in a very competitive Western Conference.

Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W

Philadelphia Union form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W

Portland Timbers Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Portland Timbers form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W



Team News

Kai Wagner in action for Philadelphia Union in October 2019© Reuters

Right midfielder Jack de Vries could miss another match with a concussion, while fellow Union midfielder Ilsinho is out with a groin problem.

Polish striker Kacper Przybylko has a goal in two of his last three games, and goalkeeper Andre Blake has made 15 saves in his previous four starts, maintaining three clean sheets.

The Timbers will be without striker Andy Polo for the remainder of the season, with a torn muscle following that challenge in the first half of their match with the LA Galaxy that saw the dismissal of Derrick Williams.

Central midfielder Diego Chara and centre-back Larrys Mabiala are struggling with hamstring injuries.

Two of their goalkeepers, Jeff Attinella and Steve Clark, are both likely to miss out with thigh muscle problems.

Cristhian Paredes is suffering from a thigh muscle strain and left-back Ismaila Jome is out for the long term with an Achilles tendon rupture.

Veteran defender Josecarlos Van Rankin was spectacular in their last match, limiting the scoring opportunities for LA, assisting the winning goal and earning a spot in the MLS Team of the Week.

Philadelphia Union possible starting lineup:
Blake; Wagner, Elliot, Glesnes, Mbaizo; Flach, Martinez, Bedoya; Monteiro; Burke, Przybylko

Portland Timbers possible starting lineup:
Ketterer; Van Rankin, Tuiloma, Zuparic, Bravo; Williamson, Chara; Ebobisse, Valeri, Asprilla; Mora


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We say: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Portland Timbers

These are two teams that are sound defensively, who have some exciting playmakers in the middle of the field that can open up a defence and catch you napping.

Both teams, however, have been at the top of their game lately, so finding an opening will prove to be quite difficult for either side.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City8431116515
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City8431116515
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

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