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Gallery: Exclusive images from Portland’s 5-1 demolition of Minnesota

Portland Timbers put five past Minnesota United in 2017 MLS season opener

The 2017 MLS season kicked off on Friday night and the Portland Timbers gave Minnesota United a harsh reality check in the expansion side’s first game in the league.

The Timbers won 5-1, with Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri both grabbing a brace as the home side ran away with the season opener in front of a packed Providence Park.

Lawrence Olum was the unlikely scorer of the first goalscorer of the new season, with the score staying 1-0 into halftime. Valeri then doubled the hosts lead early in the second half, before Christian Ramirez scored Minnesota’s first ever MLS goal to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.

But Portland ran away with the game in the final ten minutes. Valeri scored a penalty on 82 minutes, before Fanendo Adi scored two breakaway goals in stoppage time to see the Timbers win 5-1.

You can see exclusive photos from Friday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB Photographer Denise McCooey.

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