Just three days after its thrilling 4-4 draw with New England, Philly hosts Portland. Only three points separate the sides in a match full of playoff implications.
|Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): MacMath; Williams, Califf, Valdes, G. Farfan; Mapp, Carroll, Miglioranzi, Adu; Le Toux, Paunovic.||
OUT: GK Faryd Mondragon (R finger fracture); FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain)
PROBABLE: MF Brian Carroll (R foot contusion)
|Portland Timbers (4-1-4-1): Perkins; Palmer, Brunner, Horst, Chabala; Nagbe, Jewsbury, Chara, Zizzo; Cooper, Perlaza.||
OUT: GK Adin Brown (concussion); DF Mamadou Danso (R hamstring strain); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee)
PROBABLE: GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness)
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Midweek, Philadelphia bounced back from a 4-1 halftime deficit to tie the New England Revolution 4-4. Zac MacMath made his second MLS start in the thriller.
- Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals in that match, including a penalty. He has now scored four PKs this year, and all seven in franchise history.
- The Union, with 35 points, would qualify for the playoffs were the season to end today. Three back on 32, Portland is tied for the 10th spot, which is the last playoff slot.
- Portland won the only previous meeting between these teams with a 1-0 result in Jeld-Wen Field on May 6.
- The Timbers are riding a two-game winning streak after a 1-0 result over Chivas USA on Aug. 24. The expansion side has won two games in a row three times this year.