Minnesota United FC got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory in a Schwan's USA CUP Pro Classic against FC Edmonton.
United impressed early on and kept the momentum going throughout the game to a well deserved victory over their northern NASL rivals.
Max Griffin snuck in a late goal just before the halftime whistle and Simone Bracalello doubled the lead only 30 seconds after entering the game as a 64th minute substitute.
United got off to controlled start and held the majority of possession, but the chances were in favor of the Eddies as the half progressed. Minnesota had several good early chances, Pablo Campos being the target for many balls put in the box but none that he could convert into goals.
FC Edmonton began to break through the strong Minnesota defense with long searching through balls to Michael Cox. The striker took several of the chances himself and also found help from midfielder Massimo Mirabelli who's attempts from distance made United keeper Matt Van Oekel work hard in the net.
The half looked that it would end in scoreless draw but Minnesota's Max Griffin received a cross from Brian Kallman just outside the keeper's box, Griffin then snuck the ball under keeper Lance Parker and earned Minnesota a 1-0 lead just before the halftime whistle.
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