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Loons take a 2-point lead and fight back to draw 4-4 with Portland – Twin Cities

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There was a yin and a yang in Minnesota United’s 4-4 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday.

The Loons couldn’t have started the match any better, but their reaction couldn’t have been more resounding, at least during the first half.

The Timbers took the opening kickoff and pieced together seven passes that culminated in a Sebastian Blanco goal just 14 seconds into the game. Minnesota had yet to touch the ball.

It was the fastest goal ever conceded by MNUFC in MLS history, beating Montreal’s Anthony Jackson Hamels goal 27 seconds after Minnesota won 3–2 in July 2019. Blanco’s goal was the fourth fastest goal in league history.

Captain centre-back Michael Boxall said “everyone’s a little too excited” for the nationally televised game on ABC. So you go half a step too early and just give them space.”

But Minnesota responded with three goals: a Franco Fragapane header in the ninth minute, a Bongi Longwane rebound in the 21st minute and an individual playmaking by Luis Amarilla in the 41st minute to take a 3-1 lead that looked comfortable. rice field.

But the Loons restart was worse than the start of the match. MNUFC conceded three goals in 15 minutes, including an own goal charged by Kemar Lawrence, but fell behind 4-3 in the 65th minute.

Manager Adrian Heath said there was no halftime adjustment to stay behind the ball in the lead.

“I wanted more of the same, I just didn’t defend well enough,” he said. “Like I said, the back four and goalkeepers have gotten a lot of praise this year, and it’s not surprising. (Saturday), it wasn’t enough, and they know it.

The last thing Heath said to his players at half-time was, “Don’t give them anything to believe.”

Portland, the MLS Cup runners-up and team that bounced back from the 2021 playoffs, had plenty of confidence when Amarilla’s second goal took the lead until Amarilla’s second goal made it 4-4 in the 69th minute. was placed.

“He looks like the Lewis we know,” said Heath. The chances of him getting a header in the closing laps are that Lewis is at his best.”

Minnesota (10-8-5) extended their undefeated streak to seven games. Portland (7-6-10) extended their unbeaten streak to eight.

Minnesota’s two comebacks can be seen as positive, but a two-point lead at home and a two-point lead at halftime didn’t sit well with the Loons. “It’s very disappointing,” said Vauxhall.

Heath said: Was it five wins and two draws in the cold weather seven games ago? You must have us. But I don’t feel so good right now. ”

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Emmanuel Reinoso, Robin Rod and Vauxhall were each yellow-carded in the second half and suspended for the next MLS game against the Colorado Rapids on August 6 due to accumulated cards. Before appearing in the MLS All-Star Game on August 10… with Reinoso Calvin Arriaga He returned from an ankle injury and played in the starting lineup. Lorde has remained central midfield for six games in a row, pairing with Arriaga for the first time. … MNUFC supporters in the Wonderwall section, Tifo In support of the club’s annual Pride Game on Saturday, it is accompanied by the message, “This game belongs to all of us.” …the new Loons fullback Alan Benitez He made two straight appearances on Saturday and Heath said the Paraguayan was close to starting. …After failing to score in his MLS over 1,000 minutes for the first time this season, Hlongwane has scored his second in the last 100 minutes. …former Loons full-back Jerome Teeson Reunited with the Loons folks in St Paul on Saturday. The 34-year-old Swiss recently retired from football and is vacationing across the United States with his wife and his two young children.

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