PORTLAND- The Portland Timbers started their season off in some style, defeating the new expansion side Minnesota United 5-1 at Providence Park last night.
A beautiful scene before the game made you think something special was going to happen in Portland, a great atmosphere to welcome Minnesota to the MLS.
New signings Blanco, Olum and Guzman made their debuts for the Timbers last night while everyone on Minnesota made their MLS debuts.
It didn’t take long for the Timbers to get on the scoresheet. In the 15th minute Valeri crossed the ball in and Vytas flicked it on from the near post to Olum who scored the first goal of the MLS season.
Minnesota’s defence looked very shaky, a mess up at the back saw Adi nearly make it 2-0 just minutes after going a goal ahead.
At halftime the score was 1-0 but surely could’ve been more for the Timbers. Minnesota with a tough start to life in MLS.
It went from bad to worse for Minnesota at the start of the second half. Blanco’s pin-point cross found Diego Valeri who’s header found the left corner to make it 2-0 for the Timbers.
After the second goal, Minnesota started applying more pressure and had more of the ball and it eventually paid off. Cristian Ramirez curved the ball into the bottom right corner to pull one back for The Loons.
A minute after giving themselves some hope, Portland’s two goal lead was quickly restored when Demidov pulled down Adi in the box to give away a penalty. Diego Valeri converted to make it 3-1 and get his second of the night.
Being 3-1 at Providence Park with a few minutes left is always tough, especially for an expansion side. Faenando Adi opened his MLS scoring account getting himself two goals in the last couple of minutes to top off an amazing second half from the Timbers.
At the full time whistle, the match ended 5-1 for Portland. A result that will get their fans excited for what’s to come. For Minnesota, it was a tough start, but with more games in the MLS it will only get better… you hope so.
Portland- Away v LA Galaxy. Sunday, March 12. 7:00pm EST.
Minnesota- Home v Atlanta. Sunday, March 12. 5:00pm EST.