Portland Timbers 5 Minnesota United 1: Hosts rout MLS newcomers

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi scored twice as the Portland Timbers defeated MLS expansion franchise Minnesota United.

Minnesota United made its MLS debut on Friday and was no match for the Portland Timbers, who opened the 2017 season with a 5-1 demolition.

Joining the competition along with Atlanta United as the league expanded from 20 to 22 teams, all eyes were on Minnesota with U.S. men's national team head coach Bruce Arena watching from the stands in Portland.

But expansion Minnesota went down to braces from Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi.

The Timbers, playing in front of a colorful and vocal home crowd at Providence Park, opened the scoring through Lawrence Olum in the 14th minute.

Olum bundled the ball into the net from Valeri's corner and the latter scored a goal of his own two minutes into the second half as the Timbers doubled their lead.

Sebastian Blanco whipped in a perfect delivery and Valeri guided his header into the top corner of the net.

Minnesota did manage to make history away from home, scoring its first MLS goal courtesy of substitute Christian Ramirez with 11 minutes remaining.

However, Valeri converted an 82nd-minute penalty after Fanendo Adi was fouled inside the area to restore Portland's two-goal lead.

And Adi completed the rout with two quick-fire goals in stoppage time.