Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance34047
  • Date02 Aug 14
  • VenueTCF Bank Stadium
Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC 2
Ottawa Fury FC 1
Ottawa Fury FC

C. Ramirez4'

C. Ramirez60'

50'S. Ubiparipović

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs Ottawa Fury FC

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs Ottawa Fury FC



TV: MNU- KSTC-45                    OTT – 580 CFRA


NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC strive to continue its six-game unbeaten streak at home as they greet the Ottawa Fury FC at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium.  United is coming off a 1-1 draw against host Atlanta Silverbacks last week, while Fury FC dropped a 3-0 encounter on the road to Carolina RailHawks.  This is the first meeting between the two in the State of 1,000 Lakes, however both sides faced off this past Spring in Canada during Ottawa’s NASL home opener.  Goals from midfielder Miguel Ibarra and forward Christian Ramirez gave visiting United a 2-1 victory over Fury FC at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium on April 19.


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



MNU-Christian Ramirez (Team of the Week-3)



Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (7); Assists – Christian Ramirez (4)

OTT-Goals –Tony Donatelli (4); Assists – Tony Donatelli, Richie Ryan (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): United 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

At United: First Meeting

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): United 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: April 19, 2014 at Keith Harris Stadium — Fury 1-2 United


Coaches quotes:

“We got a point on the road which isn’t always easy in this league. So, I think the game will pose some challenges, partly because it’s a semi-road game for us too. It’s an earlier start time which is not at our normal stadium, which is like I said the field dimensions are going to be a challenging aspect, but again, I think we embrace that challenge and really try to go at those problems like we have all year I think we’ll do well.” – United coach Manny Lagos

“We know that Minnesota is always a difficult place to play, but we also know what we are capable of. Our last few games have been difficult, but we are working hard to get back to our principles. Our group is ready and will go to Minnesota with great ambitions.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos


Referee: Tyler Ploeger

Asst 1: Dan Stupca

Asst 2: Matt Printup

4th: Amber O'Connor


Minnesota United FC 2 Ottawa Fury FC 1

A pair of goals from forward Christian Ramirez gave Minnesota United FC a 2-1 victory over visiting Ottawa Fury FC at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday.


A pair of goals from forward Christian Ramirez gave Minnesota United FC a 2-1 victory over visiting Ottawa Fury FC at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday.

"I am very proud of the guys for getting the result and proud of the movement we showed," said United coach Manny Lagos. "It was an odd game. It was a nice day and we played good soccer early on and unfortunately by not putting chances away in the first half we were mentally hit when they scored their goal to tie it.

“We could have scored another goal early on and we could have been a little bit sharper defensively”

A crowd of 34,047 were on hand for Minnesota-Ottawa encounter as part of a doubleheader with the Guinness International Champions Cup match featuring Manchester City and Olympiacos (won by Olympiacos, 5-4 on penalties).

A goal from United's Ramirez in the 4th minute gave his side the 1-0 lead they would carry into halftime.  The goal began with a long ball down the right side of the pitch to Minnesota defender Kevin Venegas. Venegas ran to the corner and laid a perfectly weighted pass to the middle of the box for Ramirez, who was sprinting in past two defenders. Ramirez placed an easy shot past the diving Ottawa keeper Romauld Peiser to make it 1-0, good for his 8th goal this season. 

Ottawa got the majority of the chances in the rest of the half, but United had the more dangerous shots. Midfielder Daniel Mendes fired point blank and struck the Ottawa crossbar.

Ottawa was fast to start the second half, getting an early goal in the 50th minute. Midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic, who spent last season with United on loan from the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer, cut to the inside of United penalty area and fired a shot through traffic. Minnesota keeper Mitch Hildebrandt reacted late to the curled shot as the ball found the far corner of the net and leveled the match for the Fury and gave them their first goal of the Fall Season.

It took ten minutes for United to answer, but it came with controversy and opposition from the visiting team. Vicentini made a run into the middle of the Ottawa penalty area and was pulled down by a defender. The referee immediately blew the whistle and pointed to the penalty spot and was immediately greeted by angry Fury players. After deliberation with his assistant, the head official awarded the penalty. A stoic Ramirez stepped up and coolly placed the ball in the bottom right corner past Peiser to net his league-leading 9th goal of the year.

United head coach Manny Lagos was thrilled for the young striker. "I am excited and very happy for him. It's nice to see a young player step up and want the penalty kick. He has been playing really well and he bagged it for us. It was a big goal for the club and a big three points."

The call caused tempers to flare up as the match went on, and frustration caused several fouls and cards to be given for both sides. The passion for both teams as the match went on was not quelled by the rain that moved in during the second half, and both teams used the wet pitch to their advantage by shooting low on the keepers.

Tiago Calvano went down late in the game with an injury and did not return before the final whistle blew. United had already make its three subs by the time the Brazilian went down, forcing United to play a man down for a few minutes.