Philadelphia Union (5-10-4) vs. Portland Timbers (9-6-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday July 11, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union square off Saturday night at PPL Park.
The Portland Timbers remain red hot, as they’ve won five of their last six matches. The Timbers are a team that gets it done defensively, allowing just 20 goals in 19 matches and pitching eight shutouts. Adam Kwarasey has the most shutouts in the MLS and has allowed one goal in his last two starts. The Portland Timbers could be better offensively, as they’ve been shutout seven times but have scored seven goals in their last four matches. Fanendo Adi leads Portland with eight goals, Rodney Wallace has four assists and Maximiliano Urruti has 30 shot attempts. The Portland Timbers have lost three of their last four road matches.
The Philadelphia Union could use a win after winning just two of their last six matches. The Philadelphia Union are an offensive team that’s produced 22 goals and been shutout five times in 19 matches. C.J. Sapong leads Philadelphia with six goals, Cristian Maidana has six assists and Fernando Aristeguieta has 32 shot attempts. Defensively, the Philadelphia Union have allowed seven goals in their last three matches and 32 goals overall. Brian Sylvestre has 22 saves and has allowed nine goals in his last four starts. The Philadelphia Union are 3-1-1 in their last five MLS matches at home.
The last two meetings between these two teams resulted in a draw. The Portland Timbers are 2-0-3 in their last five meetings against the Philadelphia Union. Simply put, the Union have never beaten the Timbers.
When you add in Philadelphia’s history against Portland and the fact the Timbers are the hottest team in MLS, I have to side with the road team here.