Philadelphia Union (6-1-6) beat Portland Timbers 2-0 after early goal – NBC10 Philadelphia
Daniel Gazdag scored in the first minute and Philadelphia Union beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Sunday night.
Sergio Santos also scored for Union (6-1-6), who came out with a series of five draws in a row. Goalkeeper Andre Blake completed his sixth clean sheet of the season.
“I think it will give us confidence in the future,” said Gazdag, who joined the Union last year after playing in his native Hungary. “I think we played very well today. So we can develop that game.”
The Timbers (3-5-6) lost for the second time in a row after falling 3-2 to the San Jose Airtracks on Wednesday.
The Union jumped forward in the fifth minute from Gazda’s hit from the bike in the lower right corner. Gazdag leads Philadelphia with seven goals.
Santos headed in the 48th minute and doubled Philadelphia’s lead. Shortly afterwards, Santos was replaced by 18-year-old Paxten Aaranson.
“If you look at our last five draws, we had a few good draws with really good performances, and some of them weren’t by themselves, and I thought tonight we were back to what we were.” said Union coach Jim Curtin.
Sebastian Blanco seems to have scored in the 69th minute, beating a pair of defenders in a clash in front of goal. But a video review determined that Santiago Moreno was offside in front of goal.
“What sets this game apart from one team to another is that Philadelphia have scored two goals and we haven’t been able to find a net,” said Timbers coach Giovanni Savarrese. “We worked hard, created moments. But in the end, they took advantage of the moments they had. ”
Timbers defender Eric Williamson had to be replaced in the 13th minute due to injury. He was replaced by Moreno.
It was a setback for Williamson, who was waiting to return to the U.S. national team after recovering from the PKS rupture he received last August. It also failed for Timbers, who were fired due to a number of injuries.
It was Philadelphia’s third win in 12 games against the Timbers of all time.