The Philadelphia Union's opener was spoiled after they were seconds away from a road win, only to end up with a draw.
The Union will try for a better result when they host the New England Revolution on Saturday.
A 64th-minute goal by Jack McInerney gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead against Portland last Saturday, and the Union appeared to have a victory against the team with the best record in the Western Conference last season in hand. But a 93rd-minute goal by the Timbers' Gaston Fernandez off a corner kick forced Philadelphia to settle for one point instead of three.
Despite the disappointing end, the Union were encouraged by the play of their revamped roster. Maurice Edu, one of several key offseason additions, paid immediate dividends by assisting on McInerney's goal.
"You're not going to win every game," Edu told the team's official website. "Every call is not going to go your way. There are going to be some bad days. But it's about how you react to those things, how you overcome those things and what your response is in those situations.
"So I think it's important we stick together as a team. If we stay confident over the course of the season, I really believe we can achieve something special here."
The Union will be facing a Revolution team that is hardly happy about its opener, a 4-0 loss to Houston.
New England, one of the better defensive teams in MLS last year, allowed a goal 64 seconds into the game and the second one 11 minutes later. The Revolution had one shot on goal to the Dynamo's nine.
"We've talked all week about our reaction and that's what you hope to get after games like this," left back Chris Tierney told the team's website. "Had we played decent stuff and only lost 1-0, I'm not sure it'd be the same reaction as getting your face rubbed in it a little bit. So it can be a good wakeup call and that's what we're using it as. We'll use it as motivation this weekend."
Though New England won two of three meetings with Philadelphia last season, Revolution coach Jay Heaps said those results aren't too relevant given the Union's reshaping of their roster during the offseason.
"Philly's a different team," Heaps said. "They've changed their entire midfield, basically, and their top line. So they've got some changes. We went over the film and we'll continue to go over the film and try to learn how to stop them."
The Union have been very successful at home against the Revolution, going 3-0-2 in five all-time meetings.
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