CHESTER, Pa. — It was a battle of the elements. Playing in 90 degree weather, and after a lightning delay and an hour break for both teams, the Portland Timbers (8-2-10) and Philadelphia Union (8-6-7) finished in a 0-0 draw.
“Those first 10-15 minutes we were flying,” said Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter. “I was disappointed we didn’t get a goal, but MacMath stood on his head. It says a lot about our guys that we get a point on the road and in some ways we’re not happy. Especially playing a team that’s done well at home. Sometimes you can have lapses in a game like this at the end – and we didn’t. We get a clean shot and we’re proving to be a stingy team defensively. That makes me happy because there are gonna be games you can’t get a goal.”
The Portland Timbers maintained a 15-game winless streak through most of the season, but lost to the Columbus Crew two weeks ago. Now the Timbers’ new streak sits at two games with 14 remaining games on the season.
With 34 points, the Timbers are in second place in the Western Division of the MLS Standings, trailing first-place Real Salt Lake by three and ahead of third-place LA Galaxy by one.
“In the end, we got a point on the road,” said Porter. “Nothing negative about it. We didn’t come here for a point. We came here for three points, but we knew we’d have to battle. They fought us tooth and nail, so it was probably a fair result.”
The Timbers will return to MLS action on July 27th against San Jose at home in Jeld-Wen Field.