Minnesota United 2 (Quintero pen 40’, Ibson 70’)
Houston Dynamo 1 (Elis 10’)
After four losses on the bounce, Minnesota United returned to winning ways against the Houston Dynamo over the weekend, thanks to goals from Darwin Quintero and Ibson. The Loons came from behind to grab their third win of the 2018 MLS campaign.
The first period started badly for the hosts at TCF Bank, though, with Alberth Elis putting the Dynamo in front inside the opening ten minutes. He was found by Romell Quioto, with the Honduran pair giving Houston the lead early on.
Minnesota’s chances at getting back into the game were hampered on the half hour mark, as forward Christian Ramirez had to go off with an injury. With Kevin Molino and Ethan Finlay already out for season with ACL injuries, this is not what the Loons needed.
However, the Loons levelled the game from the penalty spot with five to go in the first. Alejandro Fuenmayor was booked for handball, and Darwin Quintero stepped up to score his second goal of the season.
Houston almost took the lead for a second time, before the break. Romell Quioto left the post shaking after a thunderous effort from the angle, but the scores remained 1-1 at the break.
There was not much in the way of chances at the start of the second half, with the first real action seeing Houston’s Darwin Ceren get shown a yellow card. Minnesota’s Rasmus Schuller then followed his counterpart into the referees book.
Bobby Shuttleworth then came up with a huge save to keep the scores level, saving from Mauro Manotas’ header, which was going into the bottom corner. Collin Martin then came on for Sam Nicholson, for his first appearance this term.
Two minutes later, and Minnesota scored what would turn out to be the winner. Ibson got his second goal of the year, against the run of play, and after Video Review, the goal stood to make it 2-1 to the Loons. He was brought off with ten to play, with new man Alexi Gomez coming on for his debut.
Houston pushed and pushed for a goal in the final ten minutes, but could not find a way through, with Shuttleworth making a couple of key saves late on to preserve the victory.
33 Bobby Shuttleworth
2 Carter Manley
15 Michael Boxall
5 Francisco Calvo
3 Jerome Thiesson
20 Rasmus Schuller
7 Ibson (32 Alexi Gomez – 78’)
10 Miguel Ibarra
25 Darwin Quintero
12 Sam Nicholson (17 Collin Martin – 67’)
21 Christian Ramirez (23 Mason Toye – 30’)
28 Matt Lampson
14 Brent Kallman
16 Harrison Heath
19 Franck Pangop
Next weekend, Minnesota host the Vancouver Whitecaps, who themselves are coming off the back of a comfortable victory against Real Salt Lake. Minnesota know that a win next week would probably take them into the playoff places, but the Whitecaps currently sit 2nd in the Western Conference.
Written by Matt Coles – (@MattJColes)