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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota United ended the MLS regular season with a 3-3 draw with the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park.
  • It was only the third time Minnesota have scored three goals this season, the other two coming in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union and a 3-0 win over the Galaxy.
  • Robin Lod’s goal in the 34th minute gave him nine on the year, making him the top scorer for the club for the season. Adrien Hunou’s in the 22nd minute gave him seven, good for second.
  • This is the first meeting between these two sides in the postseason.
  • Minnesota United have not lost in the last six games against Portland and are 6-2-1 all-time against the Timbers.
  • MNUFC scored their first MLS goal against Portland in the team’s inaugural season opener in 2017.
  • Nine of the 30 goals scored in the all-time series have come in the final 15 minutes of the game.
  • Minnesota United ended the regular season third overall in shots with 509 for the year.
  • The Loons were near the top of the league in corner kicks, landing fourth with 190, while Portland were last with 130. Emanuel Reynoso took 142 of those 190, second in the league and a new MNUFC record for a season.
  • The Timbers were tied for last in the league in offsides calls, getting whistled for them only 39 times this season.
  • Portland’s 1.65 goals per game tied them for third with D.C. United and New York City FC. Minnesota averaged 1.24 goals per game.
  • The Timbers’ 56 goals on 442 shots were good for a scoring percentage of 12.7%, third highest in the league. MNUFC managed 42 goals on 509 shots, putting them fourth from the bottom with a scoring percentage of 8.3%.
  • Both teams were near the bottom of the rankings in shots-on-goal, with just 27.9% of the Loons’ shots and 32.8% of the Timbers’ shots finding the frame.
  • Wil Trapp ended the regular season as the Loons’ minutes leader, having played 2,733 of 3,060 possible minutes. He also played in and started 31 of the season’s 34 games.
  • Emanuel Reynoso finished with 97 shots, third most in MLS. The mark also set a new MNUFC record for shots in a single season.
  • Portland’s Diego Chará ended up with the fourth most fouls in the league, having been called for offenses 62 times. Reynoso was not far behind with 55.
  • With five game-winning goals, Robin Lod tied for third in the league.
  • Franco Fragapane averaged 0.47 assists per game, good for second in the league behind New England’s Carles Gil.
  • Tyler Miller’s 11 shutouts tied him for third in the league and also tied the MNUFC team record set by Vito Mannone in 2019.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • MNUFC Director of Player Personnel Amos Magee was on Portland Timbers’ coaching staff from 2009–2013.
  • Jeff Attinella was selected by MNUFC from Real Salt Lake in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft but was later traded to Portland. He also played against Minnesota during his time in the NASL.
  • Michael Boxall, Noah Billingsley and Bill Tuiloma are all members of the New Zealand national team.
  • Steve Clark played with Ethan Finlay and Wil Trapp on Columbus Crew SC from 2014 through 2016.
  • Hassani Dotson and Portland’s Eryk Williamson were both part of the U23 U.S. Men’s Team in their most recent Olympic qualifying games.
  • Jacori Hayes played for the Timbers’ U23 team during the 2014 season.
  • Jeremy Ebobisse and Hayes both played for the D.C. United U23 team in 2015.
  • Ismaila Jome played for Minnesota United in the team’s inaugural season in MLS in 2017.
  • Sean McAuley played for the pre-MLS Timbers in 2002 and helped manage the Timbers to an MLS Cup in 2015.
  • Cameron Knowles played for the Timbers from 2007–10 and was a coach for the Timbers and Timbers’ reserves teams from 2012-2018.