REPORT | Minnesota suffer narrow defeat against Atlanta United

Minnesota United 0

Atlanta United 1 (Calvo o.g. 3’)

After last year’s 6-1 demolition, Atlanta United managed to grab another win in Minnesota, but this time it was a lot different. A Francisco Calvo own goal gave the visitors the lead, one which they held on to, despite going down to ten men. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was the man to be dismissed, before the break.

Pirez was booked in the first minute of the game, with the eventual winner coming moments later. A corner came into the box, and ricocheted around, before finally coming off Francisco Calvo and ending up in the net to give Atlanta the lead.

The visitors continued to pressure as the half went on, with Chris McCann going close halfway through, heading wide from a corner kick.

With seven minutes to go in the first, LGP was sent off, after receiving a second booking from the referee. The scores remained the same to the half though, with Atlanta holding on.

The Loons made a change early on in the second half, bringing Christian Ramirez on for Abu Danladi up top, while Sal Zizzo came on for Hector Villalba in a defensive change for the visitors.

Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu came on for Jeff Larentowicz ten minutes later, after Brad Guzan had come up big to keep Atlanta in front in the match.

Francisco Calvo tried to make amends with ten minutes left, but his shot was blocked on the edge of the box. After that, Mason Toye came on for Marc Burch to give the hosts some more firepower at the sharp end of the pitch.

Calvo, and Sam Nicholson, both then had efforts which went close. The centre half’s shot was saved, with the Scot’s effort flying wide of the far post. Mason Toye then hit the post from close range, as the Five Stripes held on for victory in Minnesota.

 

Minnesota Team:

28 Matt Lampson

4 Tyrone Mears

15 Michael Boxall

5 Francisco Calvo

8 Marc Burch (23 Mason Toye – 81’)

7 Ibson

20 Rasmus Schuller

13 Ethan Finlay

10 Miguel Ibarra

12 Sam Nicholson

9 Abu Danladi (21 Christian Ramirez – 61’)

Unused Subs:

33 Bobby Shuttleworth

2 Carter Manley

14 Brent Kallman

19 Franck Pangop

26 Collen Warner

 

Minnesota now have two weeks before their next game, when the travel to Portland to face the Timbers on the 15th April.

 

Written by @MattJColes

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