Minnesota United FC Earn First Fall Season Win, 3-1 Over Ft. Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 10, 2013) - Minnesota United (1-1-0, 3pts) pour it on in the second half, earning their first Fall Season win with a 3-1 away victory at Lockhart Stadium. In a match that saw an 8 minute second half stretch largely determine the outcome, United came out on top thanks to goals from forwards Max Griffin and Pablo Campos and two assists from substitute Miguel Ibarra.
Minnesota took to the pitch having not scored a goal in their past 3 regular season matches. That stayed true throughout a first half that saw minimal opportunities from both clubs. United midfielder Simone Bracalello created several decent chances from the wings, serving up nice crosses which forwards Max Griffin and Pablo Campos could not parlay into goals. United had a strong appeal for a penalty in the 30th minute after Strikers keeper, Richard Sanchez left his feet dangerously in his own area on a tackle attempt of Campos, a challenge the referee deemed legal.
Strikers right winger Darnell King utilized his speed on the flank to create nice opportunities for his teammates, but they could not break the deadlock. Strikers captain, Pecka was subbed out in the 37th minute with an apparent injury.
The second half told a different story, as both sides loosened up in the defensive third and relieved the congestion in front of the box. “The game had a nice ebb and flow in the second half and when we were challenged we met the challenge very well,” said United head coach Manny Lagos.
The deadlock was broken in the 73rd minute after some nice build up play saw United substitute Miguel Ibarra get a nice flick on the ball inside the Strikers box to oncoming Max Griffin who slotted in into the net – scoring Minnesota’s first goal in 2 games. Just 2 minutes later a momentary lapse from Strikers defender Rafael Alves doubled United’s lead. A booming clearance from keeper Matt VanOekel found the head of Alves who botched his attempt and floated the clearance into his own net. The Strikers found life in the 80th minute as substitute Martin Nunez slotted one past VanOekel. Ibarra tallied his second assist of the match on a scorching finish late into stoppage-time from Minnesota striker Pablo Campos which all but secured a United victory.
Minnesota look to stay in form as they head home to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies, next Saturday, August 17th at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Get your tickets by calling 763.331.8777 or at MNUnitedFC.com.
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