Minnesota Falls on the Road Against the Portland Timbers

Minnesota United Sign Defender Mikael Marques

June 30, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Minnesota United FC News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. – Minnesota United was unable to come away with a win after being up 2-1 in the first half, falling to the Portland Timbers, 3-2, at Providence Park. The Loons return home to face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, July 3 at Allianz Field.

10′ – The Portland Timbers nearly scored the first goal of the match after Timbers midfielder Evander slotted the ball from on top of the 18-yard line. The diagonal ball meant for teammate Santiago Moreno but he wasn’t able to get his foot on the ball before it went out of bounds.

19′ – The Finnish midfielder Robin Lod fired off a long-range shot from the left side that was saved by Timbers goalkeeper James Pantemis.

22′ – Minnesota United had another close chance on goal after Sang Bin Jeong gained possession on the left side and took space towards the middle of the pitch. While Bongokuhle Hlongwane made a diagonal run from the right side gaining possession near the 18-yard line, he took a wide shot that went in front of the goal and out.

29′ – Minnesota, one man down, opened the match after finding the first goal. Possession bounced between Lod and Joseph Rosales on the right side of the 18-yard line. Eventually, Lod slipped the ball towards the end line, finding Rosales where he one-touched it back towards the six-yard box. The pass back deflected off the opposing goalkeeper where Bongi found the other side and touched it into goal.

37′ – Yet again, Portland had a goal-scoring opportunity when a cross into the box by the Timbers found forward Felipe Mora inside the box. Mora turned and took a shot that was out of frame.

38′- The Loons found the net for the second time during the first half. Minnesota goalkeeper Clint Irwin punted the ball up the pitch where a Timbers player headed it back towards Portland’s goal. Bongi settled the ball and took space up the pitch creating a two-versus-one with Sang Bin and Pantemis. Bongi Inside the box, passed it off to Sang Bin on the right side where he slipped it into the goal.

42′ – Portland was awarded a free kick 20 yards out from Minnesota’s 18-yard box. Evander, on the ball, fired off a shot towards the top left corner where Irwin made a diving save to keep the score 2-0.

40’+8′ – The Timbers were awarded a penalty kick after Felipe Mora went down inside the box from contact with DJ Taylor. Evander took the penalty for Portland where he found the right corner of the goal.


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