Daley Scores Hat Trick, Lifts United to 6-4 Win Over Rowdies
Minnesota United FC (6W-2T-6L, 20pts) ended the season with an offensive outburst Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium, in Tampa Bay, Fla., winning 6-4 over the Tampa Bay Rowdies (5W-5T-4L, 20pts). Omar Daley led the way with three goals and an assist, while Brazilian Striker Pablo Campos scored twice for his 12th and 13th goal of the year.
“I’m just really proud of the guys.” Said United head coach Manny Lagos, “Boy did we attack well today. In both halves we came out flying. We really attacked and created a lot of chances, it was important for our guys to really push themselves and they did and I’m proud of them.”
In an up-and-down, back-and-forth match, United managed a franchise-record six goals, three coming from the boots of former Jamaican international player, Omar Daley. Daley’s hat trick is the first for the Minnesota United FC franchise.
Minnesota struck early and often using the speed of wingers, Omar Daley and Miguel Ibarra, along with the strength upfront provided by Campos, who chipped in with a pair og goals.
Omar Daley was was the star of the match, finding space on the right wing and pressuring the Rowdies defense all night. Daley assisted on the first goal of the game in the 10th minute, crossing to the far post run of Floyd Franks, who powered the header home.
Daley impacted the match again just seven minutes later, making a darting run down the right wing and firing an acute angled shot that deflected in off Rowdies keeper Diego Restrepo.
Minnesota would entered the halftime locker room up 2-0 and playing well. United coach Lagos knew there was still work to be done: ”We came out hard and created some good chances offensively. We know we have to keep our focus and come out strong in the second half.”
The second half started well for the Rowdies as they pulled one back in the 53rd minute when former United striker Etienne Barbara showed his strength and bulldozed his way into the the Minnesota box forcing a penalty call from the referee. Another former Minnesota player, Luke Mulholland, stung the direct shot into the right side netting, making the match 2-1.
Minnesota would regain the two goal advantage in the 60th minute as Miguel Ibarra was played open on the left wing. Ibarra knocked a clever ball to the feet of Campos inside the box, who’s initial effort was saved well by Restrepo, but the man of the match, Omar Daley was there for the blazing put back. His shot from just inside the 18 yard box bulging the back of the net for his second goal.
Aaron Pitchkolan found the scorers sheet for the wrong reasons in the 65th minute as he was caught wrong-footed and deflected a Rowdies shot into his own net. Giving the Rowdies life down 3-2 with 25 minutes remaining.
With goal difference in mind, each club kept the foot on the gas pedal as United yet again regained a two-goal cushion in the 71st minute after a Rowdies corner was cleared quickly up the field to Campos, who received the ball inside his own half and proceeded to dribble right at the Rowdies defenders, gaining momentum and opening enough space just outside the box to ram home a left footed finish; his 12th goal on the season.
The Jamaican Daley would complete his hat trick in the 83rd minute on a deep chip over the out-rushing Diego Restrepo. Minnesota had found success countering quickly in the second half, and used the technique to pounce on a cleared Rowdies corner. United sub Mike Ambersley assisted the goal as he utilized the quick through-ball to Daley who found himself one on one with an incoming Restrepo, he calmly flipped the ball over Restrepo’s head from 30 yards out bouncing in his third goal of the evening.
Rowdies substitute, Evans Frimpong would score twice in the remaining 10 minutes. Campos would double his goal tally with a penalty in the 90th minute placing him second in the NASL Golden Boot race with 13 goals in the 2013 season, one shy of Carolina’s Brian Shriver.
The 6-4 win is the largest in Minnesota United FC history, and more importantly was a second straight win to finish the season strong. United’s 9 goals in the final two games accounted for 43% of the Fall Season total 21 goals, something to carry into the 2014 campaign.
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ASPIRE Beverages HIGHLIGHTS
Minnesota Starting XI: GK Mitch Hildebrandt; D Justin Davis, Cristiano Dias, Aaron Pitchkolan (C), Kevin Venegas; M Omar Daley (Nate Polak, 83rd), Kentaro Takada, Floyd Franks, Miguel Ibarra (Travis Wall, 85th) Lucas Rodriguez (Mike Ambersley, 72nd); F Pablo Campos
Minnesota United FC Subs: Matt VanOekel, D Kevin Friedland, Kallman; F Simone Bracalello
Rowdies Starting XI: GK Diego Restrepo (Andrew Fontein, 90th); D Frankie Sanfilippo (C), Takuya Yamada, Andres Arango, Rafael Cox; M Keith Savage (Georgi Hristov, 61st), Stuart Campbell, Luke Mulholland; F Lucky Mkosana, Etienne Barbara (Evans Frimpong, 75th), Carl Cort
Rowdies Subs: D Jay Needham; M Jamael Cox, Kyle Clinton, F Devin Del Do, Georgi Hristov
MNU – Floyd Franks (Omar Daley) 10th
MNU – Omar Daley (unassisted) 17th
TBR – Luke Mulholland (penalty) 53rd
MNU – Aaron Pitchkolan (own goal) 65th
MNU – Pablo Campos (Lucas Rodriguez) 71st
MNU – Omar Daley (Mike Ambersley) 83rd
TBR – Evans Frimpong (unassisted) 85th
MNU – Pablo Campos (penalty) 90th
TBR – Evans Frimpong (Luke Mulholland) 90th
TBR – Carl Cort (Yellow Card) 30th
TBR – Luke Mulholland (Yellow Card) 58th
MNU – Pablo Campos (Yellow Card) 90th
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