The Portland Timbers fell 2-1 Wednesday visiting the Minnesota United in the semifinals of the US Open Cup, ending their tournament run. Portland fought to the very end, coming inches from finding a lucky equalizer in the 94th minute, but ultimately could not extend the match.
Brian Fernandez scored the lone goal for Portland in the 47th minute right before half time, tying the score at the time 1-1. Minnesota scored the game-winner in the 64th minute when Mason Toye got in behind Timbers center back Claude Dielna and finished a strike past goal keeper Steve Clark for a 2-1 lead for the home Loons. The Timbers almost equalized late in stoppage time when Minnesota goalkeeper Vito Mannone fumbled a cross in the box, but Diego Valeri could not quite redirect the rebound over the line, keeping Minnesota in front.
Listen below as Jake Zivin and Ross Smith join Judah Newby on a special US Open Cup postgame edition of Talk Timbers. Portland returns home for ten straight home matches at Providence Park, beginning Saturday vs the Vancouver Whitecaps. Pregame is at 7pm and kickoff at 8pm on 1029/750 The Game and 1029TheGame.com