April 13, 2018 / 6:43 PM / 13 days ago

Winless Portland faces Minnesota in first home game

Following a week off, Minnesota United looks to get back to its winning ways as they travel to take on the Portland Timbers in an MLS contest Saturday.

The game is the home opener for Portland (0-3-2) as the team has been on the road while Providence Park has been under expansion construction.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT.

Minnesota (2-3-0) last played March 31 when it hosted Atlanta, dropping a 1-0 final on an own goal.

Now, Minnesota faces a Portland team desperate for a win, finally getting a chance to play in front of arguably the best home crowd in the league.

“It’s probably one of the most intimidating [in MLS],” said Minnesota coach Adrian Heath of Providence Park. “Certainly, when they get a head of steam up and they get the crowd going. And [the crowd does] have an influence on the team when things aren’t going particularly well for them. They do keep it going and they do keep them in the game. But it’s their home opener and they’ll know that obviously they’ve got to start to pick a few points up.”

Last Sunday - April 8 - Portland dropped a 3-2 game at Orlando.

Heath can sympathize being away from home.

“Five on the road is never easy,” said Heath. “I think that’s a given. They will be glad to be home.”

For Minnesota, the game could mark the debut of Darwin Quintero. The Colombian superstar came to Minnesota as the first Designated Player in club history.

Signing with Minnesota just before the Atlanta game, Quintero has traveled with the team to Portland and should see his first action.

“He’s been training really well,” said Heath of Quintero. “He’ll be on the bench or he will start. I am looking forward to seeing him on the pitch.”

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