Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers
MLS Soccer: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: PHI +174 / POR +150 / Draw +215 -- Over/Under: 2.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers meet Wednesday night in the semifinals of the MLS is Back Tournament soccer action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Philadelphia Union have won four of their last five matches and are coming off a 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinals. In that victory, Philadelphia Union got off to a quick 3-0 lead in the first half while controlling the ball for 42.5 percent of the match and finding the back of the net on all three shots on target. While the offense got a lot of the love, Philadelphia Union has allowed one or less goals in each of its last five matches. Sergio Santos leads Philadelphia Union with one goal, Brenden Aaronson has two assists and Kacper Przybylko has six shots on goal. Defensively, Andre Blake has allowed seven goals on 34 shots faced.
Portland Timbers have won five of their last six matches and are coming off a 3-1 win over New York City FC. Portland Timbers bounced back after giving up an early goal, and they managed to comfortably win despite controlling the ball just 38.8 percent of the match, as five of their nine shots were on target. Portland Timbers have scored two or more goals in four of their last five matches overall. Diego Valeri leads Portland Timbers with three goals, Sebastian Blanco has three assists and Yimmi Chara has four shots on goal. Defensively, Steve Clark has allowed seven goals on 19 shots faced.
Portland Timbers have dominated this series over the years, as they’re 6-1-3 against the Philadelphia Union all-time. Portland Timbers has scored 16 goals during that stretch while allowing eight goals.
Portland Timbers have not only had the edge in past meetings against Philadelphia Union, but they've been the better team this tournament overall. Portland Timbers have shown they can get the job done either offensively or playing more conservative and relying on their defense. Portland Timbers are a gritty bunch and are also possibly the best team left in the field that makes the most of their shot attempts. Philadelphia Union feels like a team that's coasted up to this point and hasn't quite found that second gear needed to complete the task at hand.
We've been on the Portland Timbers this whole tournament. I'll back Portland to make the championship.