CORRECTS TO SECOND HALF NOT FIRST HALF - Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri celebrates a goal with Zarek Valentin (16) during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Philadelphia Union in Chester, Pa., Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Timbers cap 12-game trip with 3-1 win over Union

May 25, 2019 - 9:52 pm

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Brian Fernández scored twice and the Portland Timbers beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Saturday night to knock the Union from the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

The game ended Portland's 12-game, season-opening trip because of stadium renovations. The Timbers will return home Saturday to re-open Providence Park against Los Angeles FC.

Fernández gave the Timbers a 2-0 lead with goals in the 31st and 36th minutes. Fernández opened the scoring with a header to finish Andy Polo's pinpoint cross, then finished a counterattack highlighted by unselfish passes late in the charge by Diego Valeri and Diego Chara. Fernández has three goals in his first two games after signing as a Designated Player on May 6 for Portland (4-6-2).

Kacper Przybylkos slotted home an awkward finish in the 47th minute for the Union (7-4-3) that bounced off the post and curved over the goal line with the ball's heavy spin. Valeri capped the scoring for Portland in the 87th minute with a low hard shot from long distance.

The loss ended the Union's six-game unbeaten streak.

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