Portland Timbers fall at the death to Minnesota United, 1-0
By 750 THE GAME STAFF
The Portland Timbers gave up a game-winning goal in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time as Minnesota United escaped Providence Park with a 1-0 victory.
The loss snaps Portland’s streak of four straight matches without a defeat.
Portland held the advantage in possession, 54-46%, and outshot Minnesota 18-9 in total shots, but the Loons had six of their shots go on target compared to only three for the home side.
The Timbers were playing their third match in eight days, after defeating Vancouver 3-1 last Saturday night and securing a road point midweek in Salt Lake City with a 0-0 draw at RSL.
However, with the scoreless draw and this 1-0 defeat, Portland has now gone two full matches with a goal scored.
It is the sixteenth goal given up in second half stoppage time by the Timbers since the start of the 2020 season.
The loss drops Portland from sixth to eighth in the Western Conference standings, while Minnesota replaces the Timbers on the six line.
One point is all the separates the Timbers from eleventh place Colorado in a crowded Western Conference table.
Through fourteen matches, Portland sits on 16 points (4 wins, 6 losses, 4 draws).
Portland gets a much-needed week between contests, as they will go on the road to face Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, May 28th.
Kansas City started very slow this season before catching some positive results, yet stumbled in a 4-0 road defeat at in-state rival St Louis City SC on Saturday night. They are 13th of 14 teams in the conference standings with 10 points through 14 matches (2 wins, 8 losses, 4 draws).
Portland-SKC kicks off at 12:00 p.m. with pregame starting at 11:00 a.m. on 750 The Game. The match will be nationally televised on FOX and on Apple TV MLS Season Pass.
It ends in defeat.@SwireCC x #RCTID pic.twitter.com/GNIo1aqHhP
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) May 21, 2023
Hlongwane finds the late late game winner for @MNUFC! pic.twitter.com/v2BH3cR3lP
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 21, 2023