Portland Timbers 3 (Powell 21’, Valeri 23’, Adi 74’)
Minnesota United 2 (Quintero 64’, Tuiloma og 81’)
The Loons scored twice on the road in Portland, but fell to defeat against the Timbers. Two goals in two minutes put the hosts ahead, with Alvas Powell and Diego Valeri on the scoresheet before the break. Darwin Quintero scored for Minnesota on debut, but a Fanendo Adi strike put the game to bed. A Bill Tuiloma own goal made it 3-2 but Portland held on for the three points.
Minnesota started quickly, with a couple of early shots from Jerome Thiesson and Christian Ramirez, with Fanendo Adi and Zarek Valentin also firing efforts towards goal for the Timbers.
The 20th minute saw Alvas Powell open the scoring for Portland, before Diego Valeri got his third goal of the 2018 season to double the lead.
Moments later, and Minnesota thought they had scored through Miguel Ibarra. However, after a Video Review, the referee disallowed the goal, as Ibarra was offside in the build up, leaving the score at 2-0.
Both Rasmus Schuller and Marc Burch were shown yellow cards late in the half, before Ibarra had a chance to get one back. However, his header was spectacularly saved by Jake Gleeson in the Portland goal.
The second half started with a substitution for the visitors. Carter Manley came on for Marc Burch, with Jerome Thiesson moving from right back to left back, with Manley slotting in on the right of the defence.
Minnesota started the better of the two teams, once again, but Jake Gleeson was again on hand to keep his clean sheet in tact. Darwin Quintero and Ethan Finlay both had efforts on goal.
The former would eventually make the breakthrough, just before the halfway point of the second stanza. Darwin Quintero scored his first MLS goal on his MLS debut, with the first Designated Player in the club’s brief history getting them back within one.
Just as the Loons looked they were on track in the game, Portland hit them with a sucker punch. Fanendo Adi scored his first of the season to give the Timbers a two goal cushion for the second time in the game.
Straight after, both sides made changes. Abu Danladi came on up top for Christian Ramirez for the Loons, while Andy Polo was replaced by Andres Flores for Portland.
The hosts then added a fourth through Fanendo Adi, but it was sent to the Video Review. For the second time in the game, the goal was disallowed for offside.
Just moments later, and Minnesota were back within one again. Bill Tuiloma scored his first MLS goal last week, but put through his own net this time round, making the score 3-2.
Sam Nicholson came on for Miguel Ibarra in an attempt to give the Loons a final boost but Portland held on for the victory.
28 Matt Lampson
3 Jerome Thiesson
25 Michael Boxall
5 Francisco Calvo
8 Marc Burch (2 Carter Manley – 46’)
20 Rasmus Schuller
13 Ethan Finlay
25 Darwin Quintero
10 Miguel Ibarra (12 Sam Nicholson – 84’)
21 Christian Ramirez (9 Abu Danladi – 76’)
33 Bobby Shuttleworth
14 Brent Kallman
17 Collin Martin
23 Mason Toye
After three straight defeats, Minnesota United will be looking to bounce back next week when they travel to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders, who themselves are without a win in the league in 2018.
Written by Matt Coles. – (@MattJColes)