Minnesota United strung together another strong showing as they continued their undefeated start to 2019 with a 3-0 win away to the San Jose Earthquakes.
True to his history, manager Adrian Heath chose the same starting lineup as last weekend’s win over Vancouver. Romario Ibarra continued to start as the striker and Rasmus Schuller returned as a winger.
if it ain't broke... pic.twitter.com/6KGI7Ujtsw— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) March 10, 2019
The match got off to a flying start as San Jose picked up a couple of early opportunities and a yellow card. United withstood the first test of set-piece defending, cleanly eliminating a chance off a free kick.
Romario had the first real chance for the Loons off a long through ball, but he put his shot right at Daniel Vega.
Vega bailed his side out again near the 30th minute when he pulled two saves on Romario and Darwin Quintero to keep the game level.
The Loons managed to break the deadlock swiftly in the second half. Quintero calmly finished a penalty after a VAR-spotted handball, and Miguel Ibarra doubled the lead minutes later.
Where does he get those wonderful toys? pic.twitter.com/0blW5dq3Jf— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) March 10, 2019
United found a third in shocking manner — off a set piece. Ján Greguš’s service took a deflection into the net to essentially seal the game.
The Loons held on for a clean sheet and their first-ever road winning streak.