Coming off a 2-0 win over Houston just seven days ago, Minnesota United looked to keep that momentum going. With a five match unbeaten streak under their belts the Loons looked to move that to six and even possibly take their first win against the LA Galaxy.
This was made harder as the Loons lost Robin Lod to injury during training earlier in the week. Also coming into this match MNUFC has waived Ramón Ábila, who has now signed with DC United, but acquired $75K in allocation money for the rights to Jose Aja, who is not playing in MLS this year. MNUFC have also acquired Joseph Rosales on loan from CAI de La Chorrera, though he is also out due to injury.
well... this was supposed to say Galaxy.— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) August 14, 2021
it's been a long week. https://t.co/O4CGLcCpq0
MNUFC almost struck gold right off the bat with a huge chance in the third minute of the match. Though that chance was also outdone by the save by Jonathan Klinsmann.
“Jonathan [Klinsmann] had a great game. We certainly put a lot of threatening plays together to test him.” said Wil Trapp “But I mean if you look at the deflection and you look at the saves in the first half off Ethan [Finlay], he did a wonderful job and it’s difficult when a goalkeeper is having a good day to score but we still feel a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get one.”
The Galaxy would snag the matches’ only goal in the 43rd minute. A few well timed and placed passed broke through MNUFC’s entire defensive effort which allowed Kévin Cabral to score from 15 yards out.
Minnesota’s loss to LA combined with players out puts the side in a tough position as they enter an abnormally short period before their next match. The Loons will play two matches in the next seven days, however the first of those will be Tuesday night at PayPal Park in San Jose to face the Earthquakes.