Kacper Przybylko netted a goal and an assist to allow the host Philadelphia Union to beat the Portland Timbers 3-0 on Sunday.
Sergio Santos and Jack Elliott each added a goal for the Union, which extended their unbeaten streak to five in a row. Kai Wagner and Cory Burke Helpers for the Union.
Twice MLS Goalkeeper of the Year André Blake (four saves) got his fifth shutout of the season.
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The Timbers, who were besieged by injuries, saw their two-game winning streak interrupted.
Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer (two saves) had shutouts in each of his previous two games. Ketterer is the fourth different goaltender used by the Timbers this season.
The Union nearly scored in the 12th minute when Wagner sent a low-end shot just outside the top of the box.
The game got quite chippy as Portland’s Eryk Williamson appeared to be nudged in the mouth by Jamiro Monteiro in the 22nd minute.
Przybylko scored in the 26th minute to give Union a 1-0 advantage as he led a cross into the box ahead of Ketterer.
Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute when Santos redirected a corner into the net. The ball first deflected on Przybylko.
Portland generated very little offensive pressure in the first half and only managed one shot on goal.
In the 55th minute, Timbers Felipe Mora looked to have a solid scoring chance just inside the box. But Mora couldn’t quite control the cross and the ball was cleared.
A minute later, Mora had another chance but shot the ball over the net.
The Union took the lead 3-0 in the 63rd minute when Elliott scored his first goal of the season. The ball was loose on a rebound and Elliott capitalized.
Elliott almost scored again in the 73rd minute when he redirected a cross to the post.
The Timbers started to elevate their attacking game and Diego Valéri appeared to have a goal in the 78th minute. But with a wide open net, Valeri sent the shot just high.