United Wins 2-1 In The Waning Moments
Minnesota United won 2-1 against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in a scintillating match that took four minutes of stoppage time to produce a winner. In front of a raucus home crowd at the H.H.H Metrodome Saturday night, Pablo Campos came through at the death with a clutch header that very much personified the teams determination to get the result.
“As a forward you need to have confidence to score goals and you’ve got to start from some point and hopefully this is going to be my takeoff point. I’m happy to help the team. There is pressure on me to score and I came here to score goals and that’s what I have to do. I was new here and people are starting to understand how I play and the moves I make and that takes some time. Hopefully that understanding can keep going. Everybody believes that I can step up and hopefully we can continue this and build on the win. The team understands the key to winning games.”
Pablo Campos’ strike secured the points for United, but it was not an easy game. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
The Strikers came to play, dominating the early exchanges of possession, but as the first half progressed United settled into their groove and looked good in attack. The difficulties that United have had this season in front of goal, once again reared their ugly head having produced 12 shots on target, with no goals to speak of.
The more potent force in front of goal, United found themselves one down at the half due to sloppy defensive play. A undercooked back-pass to Matt VanOekel in the 10th minute resulted in the initial goal from Darnell King of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Hosman Ramos, playing in his first match of the season was very lively for the Strikers and after allowing him too much space to feed the Forwards, United looked to quell his influence going into the second half.
United made the second half their own, seemingly owning the possession rights. When it when came to finishing it took a slice of luck to level the score at one a piece. It was a handball in the box by Striker’s defender Scott Gordon, who already on a yellow card, did not receive another for his transgression. Pablo Campos, entrusted with the responsibly of taking the penalty confidently finished from the spot leveling the scores.
In a fit of substitutions the game seemed to lull. Chances were created at both ends but overall the attacking play was weak. United’s lack of attacking organization left them looking short of options going forward. VanOekel bailed United out a few times with some short range saves.
The Strikers tried to get on the front foot by bringing on some attacking impotence, but it was United who had the last laugh with a stoppage time winner from Pablo Campos. It was his grit and determination in the box that gave him the opportunity.
Manny Lagos on the performance,
“It became a special night to win that way because the guys didn’t give up. I just felt like we were creating some chances in the second half and had the energy to get back into the game. We’re obviously excited to get three points.”
United successfully Defended The Dome for the last time with an enthralling 2-1 win. United are now tied for second place in the League.
MNU – Pablo Campos, (Bracalello) 94’
MNU – Pablo Campos, (penalty) 57’
FTL - Darnell King, (Unassisted) 10’
FTL – Toni Stahl, (Yellow) 63’
FTL – Scott Gordon (Yellow) 27’
FTL – Hosman Ramos (Yellow) 27’
Minnesota United FC Starting XI
GK Matt VanOekel; D Justin Davis; D Brian Kallman; D Kyle Altman; D Conner Tobin (Cristiano Dias 79′); M Kentaro Takada; M Bryan Arguez; M Miguel Ibarra(Sean De Silva 78′); F Simone Bracalello; F Pablo Campos; F Max Griffin (Travis Wall 70′)
Minnesota Unused Subs: GK Mitch Hildenbrandt; D Edi Buro; M Michael Reed; M Kevin Venegas.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Starting XI
GK Matt Glaeser; D Daniel Arcila (Aly Alberto Hassan 87′), D Toni Stahl; D Scott Gordon; D Darnell King ; D Shavar Thomas(Stefan Antonijevic 70′); D Stephane Guillaume; M Pecka; M Hosman Ramos; M Jemal Johnson; M Manny Gonzalez (Gonzalo De Mujica 74′)
Fort Lauderdale Unused Subs: GK Lionel Brown; D Justin Chavez; M Rubens Pinheiro.
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