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Notebook: MNUFC drops another set of points at home

Lack of Offence and Breakdown in Defence cost MNUFC yet another win

May 1, 2021 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Austin FC defender Jhohan Romaña (3) reacts to beating Minnesota United vs 1-0 at Allianz Field. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

Saturday night was not a good night for Minnesota United as the Loons fell 1-0 to Austin FC and dropped a set of three points at home for the second consecutive week. The visitors scored just 17 minutes into the match and held the lead for the rest of the night, but even coming out for the second half MNUFC didn’t show much gusto.

“Well when you’re not playing with a lot of confidence, it’s difficult. I can’t fault the guys for their effort. I think they’re trying. They want to do well. At the moment, we’ve got to catch a break somewhere, and we’ve got to play better. That’s the bottom line. We’ve got to play better.” said Adrian Heath.

However it’s not as if Minnesota didn’t have some close calls on goal. Reynoso had a blast that game just inches from scoring but rather hammered the post on an oh so close moment. A shot that didn’t go unnoticed by either fans, media, or Austin FC.

“I mean of course, when you’re as creative as a player as he is I think it’s knowing the other teams scouting . So, I think that’s pretty normal. I think I answered your question but yeah,” midfielder Hassani Dotson said post match.

And while the match was a bust on the scoreline Patrick Weah did make his debut and also nearly scored in it as well.

“Patrick is… has the physical attributes. He played well when he came on,” said Hassani Dotson

While both of those players were looked at with favourable performances, Ramón Ábila’s debut was not looked at as such by everyone.

Adrian Heath would say post match about Wanchope’s debut,

“Well, it was difficult for him. As I said, we didn’t give him an awful lot in the box because we didn’t have enough sustained attacks in there.”

The question at this point is can Minnesota fix the issues plaguing the club and eek out the side’s first win of the season, with Hassani Dotson saying on Saturday night.

“I mean I’ve said it before, we know we need to start to turn results around but it’s a long season and we’ve got what, 31 games left, so I mean it’s a long season ahead of us, but we know that we need to start getting results soon.”

Next up for MNUFC is a road trip to Commerce City, CO to face off with the 1-1-1 Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is set for 9 PM CT and can be seen on Bally Sports North PLUS, The CW Twin Cities, and ESPN+.