MLS: Union scored twice in five minutes in dominant win over Timbers

Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos scored five minutes apart in the first half, leading the Philadelphia Union to a convincing 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night at Subaru Park.

After a strong start from both sides, the Union gained the upper hand and gave themselves a two-goal lead. The first goal, in the 26th minute, was courtesy of Przybylko, who skillfully redirected a long free-kick from Kai Wagner with a header from a distance of about 35 yards.

Wagner also staged Philly’s second net five minutes later and it was Santos, lurking around the goal, who managed to deflect to double the locals’ lead.

The Union added to its cushion in the 63rd. Cory Burke did all the work after a corner kick, and Jake Elliott only had to gently push the ball past the goal line to add to the Timbers’ miserable night.

A second game is scheduled for the evening in MLS, as Austin visits Seattle.

No master in Seattle

The Austin FC expansion team was able to draw a 0-0 draw from the Seattle Sounders.

Seattle thought they broke the deadlock in the 75th minute when Fredy Montero sent a Joao Paulo handover into the back of the net. However on the streak, it was ruled that a teammate was offside on the streak while taking part in the game, which nullified the goal.

Austin’s best chance came in the 71st minute as Jared Stroud’s strike was blocked by goaltender Stefan Cleveland.

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