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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Kacper Przybylko (26')
  • Sergio Santos (31')
  • Jack Elliott (63')

Kacper Przybylko helps Philadelphia Union cruise past Portland Timbers

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Union score three goals off set pieces to climb to second in East (1:36)

Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos and Jack Elliott all score as the Philadelphia Union blank the Portland Timbers 3-0. (1:36)

Kacper Przybylko had one goal and one assist to lift the host Philadelphia Union past the Portland Timbers 3-0 on Sunday.

Sergio Santos and Jack Elliott each added one goal for the Union, who extended their unbeaten streak to five straight. Kai Wagner and Cory Burke contributed assists for the Union.

Two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake (four saves) earned his fifth shutout of the season.

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The Timbers, who have been besieged with injuries, had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer (two saves) had posted shutouts in each of his previous two games. Ketterer is the fourth different goalkeeper used by the Timbers this season.

The Union nearly scored in the 12th minute when Wagner sent a low lining shot just wide from outside the top of the box.

The game became quite chippy as Portland's Eryk Williamson appeared to be elbowed in the mouth by Jamiro Monteiro in the 22nd minute.

Przybylko scored in the 26th minute to give the Union a 1-0 advantage as he headed a cross into the box past Ketterer.

Philadelphia went ahead 2-0 in the 31st minute when Santos redirected a corner kick into the net. The ball initially deflected off Przybylko.

Portland generated very little offensive pressure in the first half and managed only one shot on goal.

In the 55th minute, the Timbers' Felipe Mora appeared to have a solid scoring chance just inside the box. But Mora couldn't quite control the cross and the ball was cleared.

One minute later, Mora had another opportunity but shot the ball over the net.

The Union took a commanding 3-0 advantage in the 63rd minute when Elliott scored his first goal of the season. The ball was loose off a rebound and Elliott capitalized.

Elliott nearly scored again in the 73rd minute when he redirected a cross off the post.

The Timbers began to elevate their offensive play and Diego Valeri looked to have a goal in the 78th minute. But with a wide open net, Valeri sent the shot just high.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 25 +17 46
2 Seattle Sounders FC 23 +17 45
3 Colorado Rapids 23 +11 43
4 LA Galaxy 24 0 38
5 Portland Timbers 24 -7 34
6 Real Salt Lake 24 +5 33
7 LAFC 24 +3 33
8 Minnesota United FC 23 -5 31
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 23 -4 29
10 FC Dallas 25 -4 27
11 San Jose Earthquakes 24 -7 27
12 Houston Dynamo FC 25 -9 23
13 Austin FC 24 -14 19

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New England Revolution 25 +18 55
2 Nashville SC 23 +17 41
3 Orlando City SC 24 +2 38
4 New York City FC 23 +14 35
5 DC United 24 +6 34
6 CF Montréal 24 +4 34
7 Atlanta United FC 24 +4 33
8 Inter Miami CF 24 -11 32
9 Philadelphia Union 23 +4 32
10 Columbus Crew 25 -5 30
11 New York Red Bulls 23 +1 26
12 Chicago Fire FC 24 -14 23
13 FC Cincinnati 23 -19 20
14 Toronto FC 24 -24 15