MLS Game Summary - Portland at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Philadelphia 0, Portland 0
Chester, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Union missed another
opportunity to record a vital home win in its push for the playoffs, settling
for a 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday at PPL Park.
After earning a dramatic home draw with the New England Revolution midweek,
the Union stressed the importance of coming away with three points against the
Timbers on the weekend, something they were ultimately unable to accomplish.
The draw extends Philadelphia's winless streak to eight straight games,
posting a 0-3-5 record over that stretch.
Both teams came extremely close to stealing all three points late in the
Kenny Cooper was on the end of Portland counter-attack in the 85th minute, but
the Timbers striker failed to put his effort on target.
"We had some good chances," Cooper said after the match. "So much fell to me.
Obviously, I wish I would have done better with them, especially that
[breakaway] at the end."
Second-half substitute Kyle Nakazawa came even closer to breaking the
deadlock for the Union when he took a pass from Justin Mapp in the 88th minute
and hit the crossbar with a left-footed shot.
"When I first hit it, it looked like it was going in, but it rose right at the
last minute," Nakazawa said. "It would have been a dream story of coming [into
the game] in the last ten minutes and scoring the winning goal. It's obviously
frustrating. I could have put it away with that goal."
Philadelphia's rookie goalkeeper Zac MacMath showed a marked improvement from
Wednesday's performance against New England, as he made several key stops
before halftime to keep Portland scoreless.
Portland remains unbeaten in its last three matches, going 2-0-1 in that
streak. The Timbers have amassed 33 points from their 27 matches this season.
The Timbers (9-12-6) return to action September 16 when they host the
Revolution, while the Union (8-7-12) will complete its three-game homestand on
the 17th against the Columbus Crew.
09/10 23:16:21 ET