MLS: Eight goals do not make a winner in Minnesota

MLS: Eight goals don't win Minnesota


An impressive eight-goal offensive contest between the Portland Timbers and Minnesota United on Saturday at Allianz Field.

< p>What's even more impressive is that it took both teams just 69 minutes to shake the ropes that many times in their 4-4 draw. 

The Timbers did not take long before launching the festivities. Only 13 seconds had passed when Sebastián Blanco beat Canadian goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.

Despite the speed of execution, Blanco's goal is only the fourth fastest goal in the history of Major League Soccer – and the fifth including the playoffs. Former New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella still holds the record, set at seven seconds, in October 2015.

The remainder of the first half, however, was down to favorites the crowd, who scored three unanswered goals before returning to the locker room, for halftime. Franco Fragapane (9th), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21st) and Luis Amarilla (41st) thus struck before the conclusion of the first 45 minutes.

However, it was the Timbers who came back with the momentum in the second half, those who, in turn, hit the target three times without reply. Blanco (50th), with his second goal of the match, as well as Jaroslaw Niezgoda (53rd) and an own goal from Kemar Lawrence (65th) restored the lead to the Timbers.

Amarilla, with his second goal of the game, completed this colorful spectacle in the 69th minute.