Minnesota United reach U.S. Open Cup final with win over Portland

United triumphed 2-1 at Allianz Field.
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History was made at Allianz Field as Minnesota United qualified for their first ever U.S. Open Cup final after a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

A penalty kick from Darwin Quintero and a 64th minute strike from Mason Toye either side of an equalizer on the stroke of half-time by Portland's Brian Fernandez was enough to give the Loons a hard-fought victory.

It was the second win over Portland in the space of a few days, though Wednesday's win wasn't as quite as dramatic as Saturday's, when Ethan Findlay scored a video-reviewed penalty in the 2nd minute of stoppage time.

Here's the moment that victory was secured.

They now advance to the U.S. Open Cup final where, as fortune would have it, they'll face Atlanta United F.C., the team that joined Major League Soccer at the same time as Minnesota.

On top of reaching the final, Wednesday's win extends United's unbeaten streak to 11, a run that has taken them to second in the Western Conference and with a great chance of heading to the playoffs in only their third season in MLS.

Coincidentally, their Open Cup final opponents, Atlanta, are second in the Eastern Conference.

It'll be a tough challenge for United to win their first U.S. Open Cup, as not only did Atlanta beat them 3-0 earlier this season, but the final is being held on Atlanta's home turf, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

But the way things have been going for Adrian Heath's men, you wouldn't want to bet against them.

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