Diego Valeri, Brian Fernandez, Timbers @ Union, 5.25.19
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

MATCH RECAP | Philadelphia Union 1, Portland Timbers 3

CHESTER, Penn. – Capping off an MLS record 12 game road trip, the Portland Timbers earned an exciting 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union Saturday evening at Talen Energy Stadium. Forward Brian Fernandez scored a first half brace – giving him three goals in his first two games with the club – while Diego Valeri had a goal and an assist to help secure the win. 

Match Moments

3' - CHANCE (POR) - Three minutes into the game, Jorge Villafaña lofted a cross from the left that found Jeremy Ebobisse atop the six. Ebobisse's glancing header was down and to the corner but saved by a diving stop from Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake.

31' - GOAL (POR) - Timbers forward Brian Fernandez scored his second goal in as many games when he connected on a lofted cross from Andy Polo. Racing in unmarked on the back post, Fernandez dove to head the ball past Blake for a 1-0 Portland Lead.

36' - GOAL (POR) - Five minutes later, Fernandez earned his brace on a breakneck Timbers counter. Pouncing on a turnover from the Union, Portland broke forward with Diego Chara, Diego Valeri and Fernandez. Chara found himself on the right side with the ball, sold a shot to Blake as he came off his line, and then unselfishly slid it to Fernandez on his left who finished it off for a 2-0 lead.

47' - GOAL (PHI) - Philadelphia pulled a goal back as Kacper Przybylko knocked a deflected shot off the left post and in to make the score 2-1.

63' - SAVE (POR) - A dangerous cross into the Portland mixer was headed down from Fabrice-Jean Picault that Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark dove to his left to make a great save on. However, Przybylko jumped on the rebound but his shot went off the near post.

70' - SAVE (POR) - Clark again dove to make a stop on a low, driven shot from Philadelphia's Alejandro Bedoya.

80' - CHANCE (POR) - Villafaña with space out wide left, whipped in a bouncing cross that wouldn't settle for Sebastián Blanco and his shot went over the bar.

87' - GOAL (POR) - Valeri made it 3-1 for Portland late in the second half when he started with the ball near the left corner of the Philadelphia 18-yard box, cut towards goal, passed to Blanco who gave it right back to him and the maestro hit it one-time into the bottom right corner of the Union net.


The Portland Timbers now return home to open the expanded Providence Park on June 1 when they host Los Angeles FC. Kickoff is 7:30pm PT on ESPN2.

Portland Timbers (4-6-2, 14pts) vs. Philadelphia Union (7-4-3, 24pts)
May 25, 2019 – Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)

Goals by Half                       1          2          F
Portland Timbers                  2          1          3
Philadelphia Union                0          1          1

Scoring Summary: 
POR: Fernandez (Polo), 31
POR: Fernandez (Chara, Valeri), 36
PHI: Przybylko (Picault, Wagner), 47
POR: Valeri (Blanco), 87

Misconduct Summary:
POR: Clark (caution), 22
PHI: Elliot (caution), 85
POR: Chara (caution), 90’+3” 

POR: GK Clark, D Valentin, D Mabiala, D Tuiloma, D Villafaña, M Chara, M Polo (Cascante, 67), M Flores, M Valeri © (Williamson, 88), F Fernandez, F Ebobisse (Blanco, 60)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Dielna, D Moreira, M Conechny

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Fernandez, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Fernandez, 3); FOULS: 10 (Chara, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 4

PHI: GK Blake, D Gaddis (Ngalina, 81), D, Elliot, D Trusty, D Wagner, M Bedoya ©, M Medunjanin, M Monteiro, M Aaronson (Ilsinho, 45), F Przybylko, F Picault (Santos, 67)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Carlos, D Fabinho, D Collin, M Creavalle

TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Przybylko, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Przybylko, 2); FOULS: 5 (Five players tied, 5); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4

Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Claudiu Badea, Adam Wienckowski
4th Official: Kevin Broadley
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Attendance: 18,474
Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


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