Daniel Gazdag scored in the opening minutes and the Philadelphia Union went on to defeat the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Sunday night.
Sergio Santos also scored for the Union (6-1-6), who came in with a streak of five straight draws. Goalkeeper Andre Blake finished with his sixth clean sheet of the season.
“I think this one can give us confidence for the future,” said Gazdag, who joined the Union last year after playing in his native Hungary. “I think we played very good today. So we can build on this game.”
The Timbers (3-5-6) lost their second straight after falling 3-2 to the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday.
Daniel Gazdag’s bicycle kick made it 1-0 Union early, silencing the Providence Park crowd.
Philadelphia continued to lurk in the attacking third, but nothing came of their immediate chances. In the 15th minute, the Timbers suffered what could be a serious loss as midfielder Eryk Williamson came off the field due to injury, shaking his head in frustration. He was replaced by Santiago Moreno.
“What differentiates this game from one team to the other is that Philadelphia scored two goals and we couldn’t find the net,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We put a lot of work in, we created chances. But at the end of the day, they took advantage of the moments that they had.”
Timbers defender Eryk Williamson had to be subbed off in the 13th minute with an injury. He was replaced by Moreno.
It was a setback for Williamson, who was eyeing a return to the U.S. national team after recovering from a torn ACL that he sustained last August. It was also a setback for the Timbers, who were shorthanded due to a spate of injuries.
It was Philadelphia’s third win in 12 all-time games against the Timbers.
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