The Loon Call: Minnesota United FC 1-3 FC Edmonton
Minnesota United FC watched their season slip away in Alberta, as FC Edmonton cruised to a comfortable 3-1 victory on Sunday.
Going into this match United knew they had to win to stay in contention. To win you have be solid in defense, organized in the midfield, and create chances up-top. United unfortunately flattered to deceive as they find themselves out of the playoff picture, only managing the one goal against Edmonton at the weekend. Edmonton were the better side on the day, that’s all you can really say. United have had a great season and went into this match as favorites, but Edmonton came out with a point to prove.
Before the match Lagos conceded that FC Edmonton was a defensively organized side that’s hard to break down when in possession. United didn’t get much of a chance to do this as Edmonton dominated possession for most the match. United had some chances to perhaps tip the balance of play, and if luck had swung their way we could have been discussing a completely different scenario. Substitute Miguel Ibarra pulled one back to make it 2-1, and at that moment United looked good for an equalizer. This was eventually not forthcoming and it was Edmonton that added another to their tally to make it 3-1, the final nail in the coffin of United’s season.
A poor defensive display was ultimately Minnesota’s misery, and the result in the first half set the tone for the remaining 45 minutes.
“I thought Edmonton did a great job, especially in the first half,” said Minnesota United coach Manny Lagos. “They exposed us and we weren’t able to come back from that.”
In football the impossible has been know to happen but unfortunately for United it evaded them today.
Full Time whistle is blown final score Minnesota United FC 1-3 FC Edmonton
90+ FC Edmonton Substitutions: M Hanson Boakai on for M Sean Saiko; and F Sadji Jalali for F Michael Cox
86′ Goal to FC Edmonton from the Penalty spot kills United’s hope to salvage the game. Davis the offender.
77′ United Substitution: M Sean De Silva(15) on for M Kentaro Takada(13)
74′ United enter the last 15 Minutes, perhaps the biggest 15 minutes of their season.
68′ GOAL for United ! Miguel Ibarra revives United’s hopes a with Goal. Assist goes to Justin Davis.
Minnesota Substitution: M Ibarra (23) on for M Rodriguez (32)
46′ And we are off at the start of the second half as United look to rescue their season with a big performance in Alberta.
Minnesota United FC are watching their season slip away in Alberta, as they trail by two at the half to FC Edmonton.
Going into this match United knew they had to win to stay in contention. To win you have be solid in defense, and create chances up-top. They have done neither, as they find themselves two goals down to a team already out of the playoff picture. The reaction from United’s Coach Manny Lagos said it all as the camera panned to focus on him shaking his head from the sideline.
“We are getting outplayed, but the reality is we have to put in the work so we can get the results and right now Edmonton is doing a better job of it.”
Before the match Lagos conceded that FC Edmonton was a team that stays defensively organized, no matter what is thrown at them. This was an astute observation from United’s coach as Edmonton dominated possession, and perhaps United should feel lucky that it’s only 2-0. Their defense has been cut through like warm butter. Not to single out anybody but Cristiano Dias has not been up to the task, culpable for the first goal, and almost compounded Minnesota’s miseries by scoring an own goal in the 42’ minute.
United start the second half with a goal difference of 8 behind the Carolina RailHawks. United need to win, and to win big which will be that much harder with the hole they dug themselves in the first half. That said they have heart, and if football teaches you anything it’s that the impossible happens.
45′ Cox nearly scores the third for Edmonton but his header sails wide. United are riding their luck.
42′ Cristiano Dias’ bad day continues as he forces a save from VanOekel to prevent an own goal from a clearance.
40′ VanOekel saves a shot form Lance Laing, as he cuts though the United’s defense with ease.
39′ Dias escapes without a free kick call as he handles the ball, but the ref plays on.
33′ Yellow Card- Awarded to Edmonton’s Michael Cox for playing after the whistle had blown for offside.
28′ United’s defense, especially Dias looks to to be lacking confidence, and Edmonton is awarded another corner.
27′ Some sustained pressure from United.
24′ Goal to Edmonton as Ex-Minnesota player Hlavaty skips past the United defense and plays a fantastic searching ball to the opposite wing to Saiko, whose cross finds and the head of Fordyce to score the second.
22′ Tempers flaring a bit after a contentious free kick awarded to United. These players know the importance of this match, and it’s showing.
18′ Bracalello forces a save from Smits in the Edmonton goal from a free kick.
15′ Not a great start from United, down by one and feeling the pressure.
11′ Goal to Edmonton as a string of corners lead to an Edmonton goal from Mallan Roberts, who out-leaps Dias at the back post to score his first league goal.
8′ Appeals for a penalty as Edmonton’s striker Cox goes down in the box but the appeals are waved away by the officials.
7′ Home field advantage is coming out in the form of early possession to Edmonton
4′ First corner to Edmonton claimed comfortably by VanOekel
3′ We’re underway here at Clarke Stadium in Alberta Canada
86′ Neil Hlavaty -FCE ( Penalty)
68′ Miguel Ibarra- MNU
24′ Daryl Fordyce- FCE
11′ Mallan Roberts- FCE
89′ Cristiano Dias- MNU (Yellow Card)
81′ Chris Nurse- FCE (Yellow Card)
33′ Michael Cox- FCE (Yellow Card)
Minnesota United FC Starting XI: GK Matt Van Oekel, D Justin Davis, D Cristiano Dias; D Brian Kallman; D Kyle Altman; M Michael Reed; M Kentaro Takada(De Silva 77′); M Lucas Rodriguez (Ibarra 57′); F Simone Bracalello (Griffin 82′); F Etienne Barbara, F Pablo Campos
Minnesota Unused Substitutes: GK Mitch Hildebrandt; D Kevin Friedland; M Kevin Venegas; F Travis Wall
FC Edmonton Starting XI: GK John Smits; D Albert Watson; D Mallan Roberts; D Lance Laing, D Antonio Rago; M Neil Hlavaty; M Chris Nurse; M Sean Saiko( Boakai 90′); M Massimo Mirabelli ( Mortotsi 76′) ; F Daryl Fordyce; F Michael Cox (Jalali 90′)
FC Edmonton Unused Substitutes: GK Norbert Janas; D David Proctor; D Chris De Guise
Minnesota United FC meet FC Edmonton today in Alberta, a border battle that has massive implications for United as they reach the make it or break it point of the 2013 NASL season. Minnesota United FC Coach Manny Lagos is looking forward to the game, and will “want to bounce back from a tough result last weekend, the right way.”
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