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MNUFC2 drops inaugural match

The Loons MLS NEXT Pro side debuted this past weekend

Credit: Minnesota United FC

This past weekend Minnesota United FC’s MLS NEXT Pro side MNUFC2 debuted on the league’s first weekend when the side faced the 2019 USL League One Champions, North Texas SC, on the road at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, TX.

Through the first near 75 minutes of the match, MNUFC2 and NTSC had a close and tightly fought match. North Texas’ Derek Waldeck scored the games opening goal after an intercepted pass led to a series of passes ending in a long through ball into the box that Waldeck put past Fred Emmings.

In the 64th minute 2021 SuperDraft pick Justin McMaster would tie up the match for MNUFC2. McMaster would score his goal on a rebound goal after NTSC keeper Antonio Carrera made a save on a shot from his left side but wasn’t able to keep the ball near the prevent the rebound opportunity.

It was shortly after this goal that North Texas SC started to run away with the match. Tarik Scott finished off a play that started with a shot from outside the 18 yard box with a goal in the six yard box in the 78th minute.

In the 89th minute a free kick was sent directly into the box where Tarik Scott earned himself a brace by sending a shot to the right of Emmings, giving North Texas a 3-1 lead and win.

MNUFC2 will return to play in MLS NEXT Pro on Sunday at 1 PM when they face Sporting Kansas City II at Allianz Field in St. Paul, MN. The match will be streamed on mlsnextpro.com. Minnesota United’s first team returns from a bye week when they play Seattle Sounders this Saturday at 7 PM at Allianz Field in St. Paul. The Loons first team match can be watched on Bally Sports North EXTRA, The CW Twin Cities, MLS Live on ESPN+, and can be heard on SKOR North.