Minnesota United FC are optimistic about their chances ahead of their debut Major League Soccer match against Portland Timbers on Friday.

The Minneapolis-based side are one of two franchises entering the MLS this year, with Atlanta United FC joining the Eastern Conference. Their first match away to the Portland Timbers kicks off the 2017 season.

Adrian Heath, the Head Coach of the team, told the club website that he is going into the game with cautious confidence:

I want to win every game I play. That’s not going to happen, but I’m going to go into every game that we play fully confident. My glass is always half-full. I always think we can achieve what people don’t think we can achieve.

Providence Park won’t be a new sight for the team, as they have played three friendlies against Portland during the season with each ending in a draw.

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Minnesota have brought in many new players, but have also signed others with experience in the league. Collen Warner, who has played for the likes of Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, says that the first 15 minutes will be important for the side.

At the beginning of the game they’ll probably throw the kitchen sink at us, so it’ll be on us to calm down the crowd, to play past a bit of early pressure. You know, go in with that ‘away’ mentality where you’ve got to get through the first 15 minutes and then settle into the game.

Minnesota will kick off against Portland on Friday at 8:30PM CST. Their first home game will be against Atlanta United on March 12.

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