Minnesota United Vs Portland Timbers: 3 things we learned – Goals, goals, goals

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Minnesota United, Darwin Quintero

CARSON, CA – AUGUST 11: Michael Boxall #15 of Minnesota United celebrates his goal with Carlos Darwin Quintero #25 of Minnesota United during the Los Angeles Galaxy’s MLS match against Minnesota United at the StubHub Center on August 11, 2018 in Carson, California. The match ended in a 2-2 tie. (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

Minnesota United hung on to beat the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening and keep their playoff hopes alive. Here are three things we learned from the 3-2 victory.

The Portland Timbers travelled to a dangerous but underperforming Minnesota United on Saturday evening hoping to firmly establish their place among the Western Conference playoff standings.

They weren’t able to do so. The dormant Minnesota woke up. And how did they wake up? It was a blistering attacking performance in the first half to put the Loons 3-0 up at half-time. That would be enough for the victory, despite an inspired second-half comeback by the Timbers.

Here are three things we learned from Minnesota’s 3-2 victory.

CARSON, CA – AUGUST 11: Jonathan dos Santos #8 of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Romario Ibarra #11 of the Minnesota United battle for the ball during the game at StubHub Center on August 11, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

3. Ibarra records brace

Goals have been an issue for Minnesota throughout the year. They traded away Christian Ramirez, Designated Player signing Angelo Rodriguez has scored just the once since his arrival, and collectively, Minnesota have scored only 43 goals this season, two fewer than the San Jose Earthquakes who sit bottom of the West.

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It was relieving, then, for Minnesota fans to see Romario Ibarra record a brace. The attacker had only scored one goal prior to Saturday’s victory so it was nice to see him anticipate both opportunities and finish calmly in front of goal.

Minnesota are essentially out of playoff contention this year — they are 11 points behind the Seattle Sounders having played a game more. But the prolificacy of this attacking performance is promising for next season, especially considering their usual troubles this year.

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