This loss officially makes 2021 the worst start in the history of #MNUFC. This dates back to the club's founding as NSC Minnesota Stars in 2010 when they participated in the USSF D2 Pro League.#MNUFC | #MINvATX | #AustinFC— E Pluribus Loonum (@EPluribusLoonum) May 2, 2021
Yep, that happened. Minnesota United’s 1-0 to expansion side Austin FC secured 2021 to hold that record.
The Starting XI from RSL saw some pretty major changes. Ramón Ábila would start on top replacing Juan Agudelo from the previous week. In the midfield Finlay would shift from left to right while Dotson came in to start on the left side. Ozzie Alonso would replace Ján Greguš on the left while Wil Trapp would stick to the right side. The back line and goalkeeper positions would see no changes though from the previous week.
The first minutes saw Minnesota dominate possession of the game, however that didn’t seem to help. Austin FC was able to exploit a breakdown in MNUFC’s defence in the 17th minute. With only two defenders back far enough, Austin was able to send a pass to Jared Stroud along the right side. Stroud, who was mostly uncovered sent a low cross to Diego Fagundez. Fagundez then slipped a shot just to the right of Dayne St. Clair to score what would be the only goal of the night.
Minnesota United however did get close to scoring a few times. Like this Reynoso shot off the post.
Or Patrick Weah’s near goal on his first ever shot in his first ever professional appearance.
Instant offense from the teenager... pic.twitter.com/Fn66OBz6Tw— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) May 2, 2021
Unfortunately for Minnesota United the Loons were not able to overcome the defensive lapse and lack of major chances to even earn a point.
Next week an 0-3 MNUFC will face the Colorado Rapids on the road at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. Kickoff is set for 9 PM CT and can be seen on Bally Sports North PLUS, The CW Twin Cities, and ESPN+.