The Portland Timbers are back! With the bright lights shining on Providence Park once again for the 2020 campaign, the Timbers fell to the Minnesota United 3-1 in front of 25,218 fans Sunday night.
Coming out of a scoreless first half, Minnesota went up 1-0 in the 51st minute when Ethan Finlay found Robin Lod streaking down the middle. Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark came off his line to deny Lod's initial shot, but Loons midfielder Kevin Molino collected the loose ball and knocked it in.
Just five minutes later, Felipe Mora was pulled down in the box by Minnesota defender Ike Opara. Diego Valeri's penalty kick was true into the lower right corner to even the score at 1-1.
In the 76th minute, though, things fell apart for the Timbers.
The Loons went up 2-1 when Ethan Finlay's cross found Luis Amarilla on the back post for a header.
24 more to go... pic.twitter.com/T4gSWdQU8d— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) March 2, 2020
In the 78th minute, Molino scored his second goal of the game when he knocked in a looping ball on the volley to make it 3-1.
“It’s not the way we wanted to start the season," Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said postgame. "We didn’t take advantage of playing at home."
"To allow two goals in the second half after we were 1-1, that’s not what we want,” “Especially after what we showed in the first half, which we were completely dominant.”
The Portland Timbers continue their homestand when they host Nashville SC on March 8th at Providence Park. Kickoff is slated for 4pm.