Minnesota United FC tops Creighton University 4-0
2012 NASL MVP Pablo Campos scored twice to lead Minnesota United FC 4-0 over 2011 and 2012 NCAA semifinalist Creighton University for its second win of the preseason.
Minnesota head coach Manny Lagos started an offensive-minded lineup with former NASL MVPs Etienne Barbara and Pablo Campos up top and Simone Bracalello and Miguel Ibarra attacking from the wings. Offseason signings Aaron Pitchkolan and Bryan Arguez started in central midfield. Daryl Sattler started in goal with Kevin Friedland and Connor Tobin directly in front of him and Justin Davis and Brian Kallman out wide. Unlike previous games which saw a mass substitution around the hour mark, Lagos spread his substitutes out throughout the second half and gave a few players the opportunity to play a full 90 minutes.
The first half ended scoreless, but it took just seven minutes in the second to break the deadlock, starting a run of three goals in 12 minutes that put the result beyond doubt. Campos started the scoring, converting a cross from Davis in the 52nd minute for his first goal of the preseason.
After the goal, Barbara gave way to Kentaro Takada, who needed just five minutes to make an impact. A Bracalello shot hit the post, and Takada reacted fastest to put the rebound away to double the lead with his first preseason goal.
Campos scored his second in the 64th minute after a quick touch from Ibarra put him through. The Brazilian forward wouldn’t get a chance for his hat-trick, though, as he gave way to Travis Wall after the goal. Wall would add his name to the scoresheet with seven minutes to play, knocking in a rebound for his second preseason goal.
Minnesota United played Saturday morning against a team of former professionals led by former Minnesota Thunder midfielder Johnny Torres. Lagos used the chance to get minutes for the players who didn’t play much against Creighton, and they didn’t disappoint, coming away with a 7-2 victory. Trialists Andrew Riemer and Tony Salciccia each scored twice, trialists Jose Gomez and Joseph Lapira each added a goal, and Travis Wall got his third goal of the preseason.
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