Tonight would be the night for Minnesota United and not for the Colorado Rapids. Minnesota’s 3-0 victory over the visiting Rapids not only was dominating but also punched the Loons ticket to the Western Conference Semi-Finals. And because of other results in MLS today that match will see the Loons head to “The Blue Hell” to face Sporting Kansas City.
If you think you recognise the Starting XI from against FC Dallas you aren’t far from off. The front six and of course in goal had no changes whatsoever. The back four however had four changes, if you include shifting positions. Gasper would start at LB while Dibassy would shift to LCB replacing Jose Aja. Boxall would start at RCB replacing Kallman while Dotson would start at RB replacing Metanire.
THE boys pic.twitter.com/j62778pLO4— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) November 23, 2020
Kevin Molino would open the scoring for the Loons in the 22nd minute of the match. A play that started with a throw in saw Reynoso slip the ball to Molino who took an open shot to score the first goal on the night.
Phase 1: Get the ball— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) November 23, 2020
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Phase 3: Score goal pic.twitter.com/WMAJAvV9ji
Minnesota almost went up 2-0 with a Molino to Lod to Reynoso sequence but Reynoso hit the post and the rebound bounced away and ended the chance.
MNUFC kept their foot on the gas with the second half. Robin Lod would score the teams second goal of the night in the 54th minute. After beating Danny Wilson, Lod sent a left footed shot from the top of the box into the far corner of the net to make it 2-0 Loons.
I’M THE ONE WHO KNOCKS pic.twitter.com/wK0ODWDSMp— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) November 23, 2020
Heath would use his first sub to bring Kei Kamara on to replace Ethan Finlay in the 68th minute. However that sub didn’t change how the Loons we’re scoring as Kevin Molino put in his second goal to earn himself a brace. The 79th minute goal capped off Minnesota’s scoring on the night and really hammered home the fact they we’re moving on.
Hot— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) November 23, 2020
Adrian Heath would sub on two more players. Osvaldo Alonso would replace Marlon Hairston in the 80th minute while Jacori Hayes would replace Reynoso in the 83rd minute.
Minnesota’s 3-0 win sets them on a collision course with Midwestern rival and team we have seen 437 times, Sporting Kansas City. Currently the match will be played on either Tuesday December 1st or Wednesday December 2nd. As the number one seed in the West, SKC will host the match at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS.