PREVIEW: Minnesota United FC at FC Edmonton
Minnesota United FC (2W-2T-3L, 8pts) will be looking for a much needed win this Sunday at FC Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium after a 1-0 loss to the New York Cosmos at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead N.Y. Edmonton (1W-5T-1L, 8pts) returns to action with a record that puts them tied for 6th place with Minnesota United in the NASL standings. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. CDT.
Last weekend, United was composed on the field but were unable to score against the top of the table New York Cosmos, after a 77th minute goal from New York’s Sebastian Guenzatti. The match was most heated between the 70th-80th minutes when Miguel Ibarra was given a yellow card for a rough challenge in the 77th minute, followed by the game’s only goal moments later.
FC Edmonton comes into the match after an intense clash with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. A controversial call by the official in the 35th minute gave the Eddies a second chance at the net from a free kick. The Eddies capitalized on the opportunity and Lance Laing made it 1-0 off the set-piece, ending the Strikers’ keeper Richard Sanchez’s bid at the longest amount of consecutive minutes without conceding a goal in the league. He ended with 353, just six minutes shy of his 359 goal.
This Sunday, United aims to end Edmonton’s unbeaten six game streak and gain the three points needed going into the second half of the Fall Season. “We have been there the last couple years, its a hard place to play and they certainly have been doing very well and have been competitive at home.” said United head coach Manny Lagos. “With the season being so short, and at the midway point and with the standings so tight, its a big game for both teams. We are very aware of how well they play at home and it’s going to be a good game.”
The last time the two teams met on September 7th, the game ended in a bitter draw for United at NSC Stadium. Intensity ran high beginning in the 62nd minute when Sinisa Ubiparipovic was shown a red for kicking Edmonton’s Chris Nurse. This left United down a man and made it harder for the team to organize while attempting to score.
Despite the difficulty, United did find the net, but just moments after Cristiano Dias had put the team up front in the 75th minute from a cross by Miguel Ibarra, Edmonton answered back with a goal from Corey Hertzog. The draw left coach Manny Lagos disappointed after much hard work, yet proud of the team’s abilities on the field.
Both teams will be striving to earn three points and move back into contention for the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl.
Kickoff starts at 3 p.m. CDT. Join our Official Watch party at Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis or watch LIVE on www.MNUnitedFC.com
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