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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7287
  • Date17 Jul 14
  • VenueNational Sports Center Stadium
Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC 1
Carolina RailHawks 0
Carolina RailHawks

Daniel Mendes26'

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Carolina RailHawks

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Carolina RailHawks



TV: MNU- KSTC-45 (Delayed – Saturday, July 19 at 8 pm ET)


NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC return home and look to continue its five-game unbeaten streak when it takes on Carolina RailHawks at NSC Stadium.  Minnesota is coming off a 3-0 road victory over Fort Lauderdale Strikers last week, while Carolina’s 18-home game unbeaten streak ended with a 2-1 loss to Indy Eleven. The RailHawks hold a slight lead in the head-to-head series and are the last team to have beaten United at NSC Stadium.  The last time both clubs met was this past Spring Season with the encounter ending in a scoreless draw.


Last Five Games: MNU – W T W T W                                                CAR – W T W L L                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


MNU-Justin Davis, Mitch Hildebrandt, Miguel Ibarra (Team of the Week-1)



Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (6); Assists – Christian Ramirez (4)

CAR-Goals – Enzo Martinez, Zack Schilawski (3); Assists – Cesar Elizondo, Zack Schilawski, Ty Shipalane (2)



CAR-Austen King



NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): RailHawks 5 wins, 5 ties, 3 losses – 17 GF/12 GA (+5 GD)

At United: (7 meetings): United 2 wins, 4 ties, 1 loss— 6 GF/5 GA (+1 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): RailHawks/United 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 0 GF/0 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: May 24, 2014 at NSC Stadium — United 0-0 RailHawks


Coaches quotes:

“It's going to be a big game.  The short turnaround from Saturday traveling and to play Thursday is a little taxing for the guys, but we know we have a very good team in the RailHawks who is coming off a tough home loss and looking to get a good result. We want to start strong in the Fall and it's time for us to get off on the right foot at home on Thursday” – United coach Manny Lagos


“It’s going to be a tough game. We are disappointed with the result and our performance against Indy. Minnesota had a good result on the road and won the Spring Season, but it is a place that we’ve been successful before. It is simple, we are going to try to get the three points.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke


Referee: Younes Marrakchi

Asst 1: Jorge Oconitrillo

Asst 2: Alexander Dalsin

4th: Kyle Burkhardt


Minnesota United FC 1 Carolina RailHawks 0

Minnesota United 1 Carolina RailHawks 0


A first-half goal from Brazilian midfielder Daniel Mendes was all the NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC needed to extend their unbeaten streak to six games after defeating the visiting Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 7,287 during Thursday Night Fútbol at NSC Stadium.

"I thought we started a bit sluggish, but then we started to play some really good soccer," said United coach Manny Lagos. "We had some great movement and created great chances and I think it was a deserved goal from that type of positive play. We just didn't have the killer instinct to get a second goal. It's nice to get another three points and six through two games. We have built some positive momentum with the team getting some good results."

Minnesota got the lone goal in the 26th minute of the game. Defender, Connor Tobin of the RailHawks, played a bad touch out to give United a corner. United defender Justin Davis took the kick and sent it through the traffic in the box and found a charging Cristiano Dias who touched the ball back towards goal. Daniel Mendes was waiting near the goal line to tap home Dias’ ball to give United the 1-0 lead.

Both sides had several chances on goal, but Minnesota had the most promising attempts. Carolina struggled to challenge Minnesota keeper Mitch Hildebrandt, who was able to come off his line to easily deal with the Carolina attack. RailHawks keeper Scott Goodwin had a busy half, having to make several diving clearances to protect his goal.

After the half, United took a more defensive stance and used a counter attacking strategy to maintain their lead. Hildebrandt was called on much more in the second to keep the clean sheet, getting some help from his defenders and the posts. 

Carolina had the best chance to level the match in the 74th minute after Aaron King broke through the Minnesota defensive line. His inside-foot shot beat the outstretched arms of Hildebrandt, but clanged off the right post of the goal. King nearly put in the rebound, but Hildebrandt stuck out an arm in desperation to knock the ball away from the RailHawks forward.

A bad challenge by United defender Justin Davis in the 78th minute sparked a scuffle between the two teams that changed the dynamic of the match. After the dust settled, red cards were issued to Davis and Carolina’s Kupono Low for the fight. Both teams continued on with ten men for the remainder of the match.

The victory also extends Minnesota’s home unbeaten streak in NASL encounters to six games, while Carolina drops its third consecutive match.