A single goal by Sounders is all that was scored and all that was needed for Seattle Sounders to clinch the win. But while Minnesota United did suffer a loss they will host a First Round playoff match in two weeks.
Adrian Heath made quite a few changes in the Starting XI compared to the XI that came out last Sunday against LAFC. Chase Gaspar replaced Wilfried Moimbé-Tahrat in the back line after serving a one game suspension for a red card. Ozzie Alonso and Ethan Finlay come in to the midfield while Angelo Rodríguez replaces Mason Toye up top .
Now with Darwin instead of Molino... Whoops pic.twitter.com/CEakHULhUY— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) October 6, 2019
A Sounders corner went way over and past the 18’ which saw Seattle’s Joevin Jones corral the ball. Minnesota’s defense all moved to cover the ball which allowed Román Torres to break out towards the goal and score with a header on a cross sent in by Jones.
Minnesota United was almost able to come back and score when Jan Gregus sent a ball into open space. Ethan Finlay was able to grab it and break out past Seattle’s only defender. With a one on one opportunity Finlay had Sounders keeper Stefan Frei beaten but just his the post, saving Seattle giving up a goal.
Minnesota was unable to turn the tide in the first 25’ of the second half and Heath used his first two subs to bring Mason Toye and Kevin Molino in to replace Darwin Quintero and Jan Gregus in the 70’.
Heath used the Loons final sub of the night to bring Robin Lod on for Ethan Finlay in the 83’.
Minnesota United couldn’t find a goal in the second half but other results did help them. Real Salt Lake also won while Houston Dynamo upset LA Galaxy and won 4-2 giving the Loons a home playoff match in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.
MNUFC will host LA Galaxy on October 20th in the 1st Round of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, the club’s first appearance in the playoffs since 2015 and first ever MLS Playoff appearance.