United Edge the Eddies 2-1
Calum Mallace and Simone Bracalello each find the back of the net in a much-needed 2-1 victory over FC Edmonton
Calum Mallace scored in the 37th minute and Simone Bracallelo added the game winning goal in the 62nd minute to lead Minnesota United FC (3-2-3, 11pts) to a 2-1 victory over FC Edmonton (1-5-2, 8pts) Sunday afternoon at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. Daryl Fordyce scored during second half stoppage time for FC Edmonton while Matt VanOekel played strongly in net in the victory for United. The win moved the club into a tie for 3rd with 11 points in the Fall NASL standings. The New York Cosmos (4-3-1, 15pts) currently lead the NASL, one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Rowdies (3-5-0, 14pts) and four points ahead of United, Carolina RailHawks (3-2-3, 11pts) and Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3-2-3, 11pts).
Minnesota dominated first half scoring chances, keeping the Eddies defense very busy throughout the opening 45 minutes. Edmonton had several chances of their own, with Massimo Mirabelli leading the charge with a handful of near misses all around the United goal. It took 37 minutes for the teams to finally break the deadlock when Mallace volleyed a short clearance from just outside the Eddies 18-yard box that dipped perfectly to the left, beating keeper Lance Parker and giving Minnesota a well earned lead.
FC Edmonton stepped up the pressure, creating dangerous scoring chances to end the half but United’s defense was up to the task in front of the net to help VanOekel and take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The second half was dominated by Minnesota, who continued where they left off in the first with lots of offensive pressure on the Edmonton goal. It took less than ten minutes for United to double their lead when Bracalello took a low shot from outside the 18-yard box that snuck between the legs of keeper Lance Parker, making it 2-0 for Minnesota in the 62nd minute. Forward Mike Ambersley was credited with an assist on the goal, his first for the club since he was acquired via trade from Tampa Bay on August 1.
United had several other chances to get their third, but they had to defend against the heavy pressure from FC Edmonton late in the game. Goalkeeper Matt VanOekel led his defensive line with several athletic and amazing saves. However United couldn’t hold out for the clean sheet as the Eddies Daryl Fordyce snuck in a last minute volley to make it 2-1 in favor of Minnesota as the final whistle was blown.
Minnesota United returns home next Saturday, September 28 when it hosts the San Antonio Scorpions, 2:30 PM at the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine, MN. The club begins a stretch of four home games in five weeks, which will features games against the Cosmos (October 5), RailHawks (October 19) and Strikers (October 26) as United tries to advance the 2013 Soccer Bowl in Atlanta. Tickets are available by calling 763.331.8777 or online at MNUnitedFC.com.
Minnesota lineup: GK Matt VanOekel; D Brian Kallman, Connor Tobin, Aaron Pitchkolan, Cristiano Dias; M Miguel Ibarra, Floyd Franks, Calum Mallace; F Simone Bracalello Mike Ambersley, Pablo Campos
Minnesota unused subs: GK Mitch Hildenbrandt; D Justin Davis; M Kevin Venegas, Michael Reed, Lucas Rodriguez; F Max Griffin, Travis Wall
Opponent lineup: GK Lance Parker; D Lance Laing, Antonio Rago, David Proctor, Albert Watson M Chris Nurse, Neil Hlavaty (Shaun Saiko, 84th), Massimo Mirabelli (Anthony Adur, 69th), Gagan Dosanjh (Wes Knight, 52nd); F Corey Hertzog, Daryl Fordyce
Opponent unused subs: GK John Smits; D Chris de Guise; M Robert Garrett, Sadi Jalali
MNU -Calum Malalce (unassisted) 37th
MNU – Simone Bracalello (Mike Ambersley) 62nd
MNU – Calum Mallace (Yellow Card) 78th
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