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MNUFC falls late to FC Cincinnati

The Loons drop their second straight with home loss to FCC

Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair (97) jumps up to catch the ball during the match against FC Cincinnati at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn., on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

Saturday night did not end the way Minnesota United wanted it to go. After an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, the Loons defence would eventually fall to the pressure and allow an FC Cincinnati goal at 90+3’. The loss gives Minnesota

After the previous loss to Los Angeles FC, Adrian Heath would make a fewlineup changes for MNUFC. Adrien Hunou would start up top, replacing Robin Lod. The only change to the midfield would see Wil Trapp replace Kervin Arriaga with no other changes occurring.

Minnesota would dominate possession for the opening quarter-hour, however it was the Orange and Blue not the Loons with the best chances through the first half. Dayne St. Clair had to be called upon multiple times to make some spectacular and nearly match saving saves.

The pressure from Cincinnati eventually broke the dam and at 90+3’ FCC scored the matches only goal. The attack began right outside the penalty arc with Luciano Acosta sending a through ball to Calvin Harris. The pass drew Dayne St. Clair to the left side of the goal, opening a hole on his right side as only Boxall was down deep enough to assist in defending. Harris received the on ground pass about three yards deep on the outside of the six yard box and immediately sent a pass back to Brandon Vázquez, who finished the play with a goal from near the top of the six.

The loss is Minnesota’s second straight loss and gives them a record pf 4-2-4 (W-D-L) through 10 matches and a 2-0-3 record in their last five matches. MNUFC sits in 7th place of 14 in the Western Conference and occupies the final playoff spot in the conference.

Next up, Minnesota United will face fellow MLS side Colorado Rapids in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 32. That match will be held at Allianz Field in St. Paul, MN on Wednesday, May 11th with kickoff at 7 PM on ESPN+.

In league play the Loons will visit Seattle Sounders on Sunday, May 15th at Lumen Field in Seattle, WA. The match will kick off at 3 PM CT and can be seen on ESPN and heard on SKOR North.