The Carolina RailHawks lead Minnesota United FC at halftime at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Jordan Graye's first goal of the season. Graye rose highest in the 40th minute to head home an Austin Da Luz corner kick to punish Minnesota's wastefulness earlier in the half.
Carolina started more earnestly but were unable to challenge Minnesota goalkeeper Daryl Sattler. Minnesota found its attack about half an hour into the game as Etienne Barbara sent a shot just high and wide from the top corner of the penalty box. Minutes later he fed Ibarra, who shot high.
Carolina then took the lead from a set piece in the 40th minute. A short corner to Da Luz gave the midfielder time to pick out Graye's late run central, and the defender jumped over Minnesota midfield Aaron Pitchkolan to head past Sattler at the far post.
Minnesota nearly leveled straightaway but was again unable to keep a shot low. Simone Bracalello switched well for Ibarra, who crossed to Pablo Campos, whose diving header beat Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald but couldn't sneak under the crossbar.
"We’ve got to get better," said United coach Manny Lagos "We created some chances but we also gave them chances so I think we have to get our defensive shape back.
"We’ve got to get back at it and for us to get this result we have to get better."
CAR XI: GK Fitzgerald; D Graye, Hamilton, Low (c), James; M Franks, Millington, Da Luz, Shipalane; F Schilawski, Shriver
MNU XI: GK Sattler; D Davis, Altman (c), Dias, Kallman; M Pitchkolan, Reed, Ibarra, Bracalello; F Campos, Barbara
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