Minnesota United striker, and former Scorpion, Pablo Campos scored the lone goal in the 1-0 loss for San Antonio on Saturday afternoon at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota.
Campos scored in the second half from a corner kick that was swung in my Simone Bracalello. Despite the Scorpions pressuring until the final whistle, they were unable to find an equalizer and are forced to go back to San Antonio without any points.
“This is our first win at home this fall season,” said United FC Coach Manny Lagos. It was a nice gutsy performance and we figured out how to get a win at home. I was really proud of the guys in the second half. I really thought they had very few chances in the second half.”
Both teams entered the halftime break scoreless, despite an entertaining first 45 minutes. The Scorpions immediately looked to pressure the United goal, and Hans Denissen was pulling the strings in the first five minutes of the game. San Antonio was able to create a couple of chances early on, but couldn't execute to perfection by finding a finish.
"We dominated the first part of the game, but we took our foot off the pedal and we let it slip away," said Scorpions interim Head Coach, Alen Marcina. "One individual mistake cost us again, and we didn't put away our chances early on."
After the first 10 minutes passed by, United had their first real scoring opportunity. A cleared corner fell to Mike Ambersley who rocketed a shot back into the penalty box. After being deflected, the ball ran straight to Scorpions goalkeeper, Jeremy Vuolo, who smothered it. United would be dealt an early blow when midfielder, Floyd Franks, was substituted in the 19th minute due to an injury.
The Scorpions controlled possession for the majority of the first half, but in the 32nd minute, United arguably had the best chance of the first 45 minutes. Bracalello drilled a free kick on target, but Vuolo lunged his body upward to tip the shot over the crossbar.
Minnesota came out in the second half with more purpose, and quickly began to press the Scorpions defense. In the 47th minute however, it was the Scorpions who would carve the opening chance of the second period. Following a great cross from Borja Rubiato, Denissen tried a cheeky back heel attempt at goal, but his shot was well saved.
Both sides were about even as the half continued on, both looking for that killer touch to open the scoring. Minnesota would get it from a set piece when Bracalello whipped in his corner kick that found Campos in the 61st minute. The Brazilian stuck a boot out and turned in the delivery past Vuolo to give Minnesota the lead, and eventually the three points.
“We had a clean sheet finally and we held them until the end of the game,” said Campos. “We now have a good chemistry at home and we need to keep that going. It is always good to score goals so today I did that and I’m happy. Good weekend.”
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