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Portland Timbers to travel to face Minnesota United in semifinals of U.S. Open Cup

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The Portland Timbers will travel to face Minnesota United in the semifinals of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, August 7 at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The game time has not yet been announced.

The Timbers advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup after going on the road and beating Supporters’ Shield-leading LAFC 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the tournament Wednesday night. Minnesota beat lower division USL Championship side New Mexico United 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup Wednesday.

U.S. Soccer determined the hosts for the semifinal games in a draw Thursday. The draw also determined priority for hosting the final. The Timbers were awarded the lowest priority and will have to go on the road for the final if they beat Minnesota United in the semifinals of the tournament.

Portland is the only U.S. Open Cup semifinalist that has played multiple road games in the tournament so far and the only semifinalist that has not played a lower-division team during its run.

“The U.S. Open Cup system for determining home games makes a mockery of the tournament,” Timbers owner Merritt Paulson told the Oregonian/OregonLive. “There are plenty of solutions that allow for more of a semblance of equity. It is what it is. We have prioritized the tournament this year and will continue to win on the road, but I hope in the future we can work to improve the U.S. Open Cup for all involved.”

The Timbers will face Minnesota United on the road in MLS play on Sunday, Aug. 4 before turning around and playing Minnesota again in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

The winner of the U.S. Open Cup gets an automatic berth to CONCACAF Champions League. The Timbers have never won the U.S. Open Cup. They last reached the semifinals in 2013 where they fell to Real Salt Lake.

Jamie Goldberg | jgoldberg@oregonian.com

503-853-3761 | @jamiebgoldberg

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