Minnesota United came into tonight’s game looking to get another set of three points and jump to the top of the table in a rematch with FC Dallas. While it couldn’t end in another clean sheet due to a series of wacky goals; MNUFC came out hard and strong. 2 first half goals gave the Loons a 2-1 lead after the first 45 and a Kevin Molino penalty would seal the victory in the rematch with FCD.
After a successful game on Sunday there would not be too many changes for Heath’s side tonight. With Ozzie being out of the lineup, Hassani Dotson would take his spot. Outside of that only the attacking midfielders, Lod and Molino, switched sides from Sunday’s outing.
Minnesota came out firing on all cylinders to start the match tonight, a huge change from their last meeting with FC Dallas. And while it took a while for the Loons to score on Sunday it would only take 11 minutes tonight. Robin Lod sent a beautiful pass in to Mason Toye who dribbled the ball from the 18 to the 6 before sending a low shot into the corner for the opening goal on the night.
Kevin Molino would get the second goal of the night for Minnesota United. A beautiful pass into the box from Romain Métanire set up Molino for the shot that put the Loons up 2-0.
Unfortunately a clean sheet was not in the cards for MNUFC tonight as they would let FC Dallas score in the first half. Ricardo Pepi would score for Dallas after, well whatever series of events happened here. Either way it ended with both Pepi and the ball behind DSC in the net.
MNUFC would however power back in the 70the minute. FC Dallas’ Ryan Hollingshead fouled Romain Métanire inside the box to give Minnesota a penalty kick. Kevin Molino would take the PK for Minnesota and score down the middle as Dallas keeper Kyle Zobeck dove to his right.
Another series of odd events would happen to lead to this goal by Santiago Mosquera to cut the score to 3-2.
Three yellow cards were handed to Minnesota with Chase Gasper being given a yellow in the 47th minute. Michael Boxall would be carded in the 56th minute. José Aja would be given a card in the 80th minute. On top of those three cards Romain Métanire would be given a direct red card in the 82nd minute sending MNUFC down to playing with 10 men.
The Loons would also use just three of five subs on the night, possibly due to the shallow bench depth due to injuries. Jacori Hayes would come on to replace Emanuel Reynoso in the 73rd minute. Raheem Edwards would come on for Mason Toye in the 81st minute. And Bakaye Dibassy would make his MLS debut when he replaced Kevin Molino in the 87th minute.