Minnesota United faced off against Houston Dynamo tonight on the road for their second straight match in the Lone Star State. The Loons would shift from a 4-2-3-1 back to a 4-3-3 formation for the clash near the gulf. Toye, Edwards, Dotson, Hairston, and Musa would all start in the lineup, giving MNUFC 5 changes from their Saturday night match in Dallas.
#HOUvMIN https://t.co/Jnrt7okzdw pic.twitter.com/Y2eFUJT9es— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) September 3, 2020
The first half would start fairly mundane, the Loons would look fairly good on the counter attack, when not factoring in the final third. But at the same time their defensive efforts would be not poor, but full of holes.
It was those holes in the defensive 18 that Houston was able to exploit when Darwin Quintero opened the scoring on the night.
Y'all knew it was coming #HoldItDown | @darwinJR3 pic.twitter.com/IVBKZLO713— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) September 3, 2020
The 1-0 score would hold into the halftime break and into the second half. In the 59th minute only down that 1-0 score Minnesota would make a triple sub. Once again subbing out the entire attack to try and spark something.
Finlay, Amarilla, and Molino coming on for #MNUFC now they'll replace Edwards, Lod, and Toye #HOUvMIN— E Pluribus Loonum (@EPluribusLoonum) September 3, 2020
However just five minutes after the mass subs, Houston would drive home a second goal. This time it being from Ariel Lassiter.
10 minutes into his debut. Go on @Ari_Lassiter15!#HoldItDown pic.twitter.com/4ActvZrqub— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) September 3, 2020
Five minutes later and Houston would strike yet again. And yet again it was Ariel Lassiter scoring for Dynamo to put them up 3-0 over the Loons.
Have yourself a day @Ari_Lassiter15!!!#HoldITDown pic.twitter.com/9a8vE7nNBX— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) September 3, 2020
Immediately after that goal from Houston, Minnesota would sub on their new DP as Emanuel Reynoso made his debut for the club. He would come in to replace another Midfield DP in Jan Gregus.
Welcome to the family, Rey. pic.twitter.com/PiJUwVkEnq— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) September 3, 2020
The first card of the night was given to Houston Dynamo’s Aljaz Struna in the 79th minute for dissent. Michael Boxall would be given a yellow about five minutes later. Then Houston would be given a second yellow to Wilfried Zahibo in the 90th minute.
After the 3-0 loss to Houston, MNUFC will be back in action on Sunday night at home against Real Salt Lake.