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Sebastian Blanco scores twice, Timbers beat Minnesota 3-1

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Sebastian Blanco scored the go-ahead goal and adding an insurance score and the Portland Timbers eliminated Minnesota United from the MLS playoffs with a 3-1 opening-round victory Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Timbers advanced to play the top-seeded Rapids in Colorado on Thanksgiving Day.

"We feel relief. But we cannot relax. We congratulate every body, but now we need to focus on Colorado," Blanco said. "They have a very, very good team at home. Very strong. We have only four days to prepare for that game. So we focus now on the next game." (MORE)

Minnesota Leaders
G: R. Lod1
Ast: J. McMaster1
PKG: None 
YC: C. Gasper2
RC: None 
GAA: D. St. Clair2.33
CS: None 
Minnesota Team Stats (Rank)
Goals: 1 (26)
Goals Allowed: 7 (4)
Penalty Kick Goals: 0 (26)
Shots: 53 (3)
Shots on Goal: 9 (22)
Yellow Cards: 5 (18)
Red Cards: 0 (23)
9/29DCU-MNUL 1-3
10/2DAL-MNUT 0-0
10/10MNU-RAPL 1-3
10/16ATX-MNUW 1-0
10/20MNU-PHIW 3-2
10/23MNU-LAFT 1-1
10/27WHI-MNUL 1-2
10/31MNU-SKCW 2-1
11/7GAL-MNUT 3-3
11/21POR-MNUL 1-3
4/3T. ChaconMNULoan
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