Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5420
  • Date16 Aug 14
  • VenueNational Sports Center Stadium
  • Kick Off08:00 PM EDT
W D W W W
Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC 5
V
L W L D L
Indy Eleven 1
Indy Eleven

A. Pitchkolan25'

C. Ramirez37'

Daniel Mendes45'

J. Watson53'

C. Ramirez58'

71'Kl├ęberson

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Indy Eleven

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Indy Eleven

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Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: MNU-KSTC-45

 

NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC, who already secured its berth into ‘The Championship,’ will aim to extend its current nine-game unbeaten streak when it hosts Indy Eleven at NSC Stadium.  Minnesota is coming off its third consecutive victory last week after topping FC Edmonton, 3-2, while Indy, who is winless in its last three matches, lost 2-0 on the road to Fall Season Leaders San Antonio Scorpions.  This is the second-ever meeting between the two clubs with the last encounter taking place during the Spring Campaign, when goals from forward Christian Ramirez, midfielder Daniel Mendes and defender Aaron Pitchkolan led Minnesota to a 3-2 victory on May 3. 

 

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

               

Recognition:

MNU-Daniel Mendes (Player of the Week-5); Justin Davis, Daniel Mendes (Team of the Week-5)

IND-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (10); Assists – Miguel Ibarra, Christian Ramirez (4)

IND-Goals – Kléberson (7); Assists – A.J. Corrado, Dylan Mares (2)

 

Suspensions:

MNU-Mitch Hildebrandt; IND-Jermaine Johnson

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): United 4 wins, 6 ties, 3 losses— 18 GF/18 GA (0 GD)

At United: (7 meetings): United 2 wins, 5 ties, 0 losses— 8 GF/5 GA (+3 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): United 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: May 3, 2014 at NSC Stadium — United 1-0 Indy Eleven

 

Coaches quotes:

“It's a challenging match for us because we are facing a team that has a very talented roster.  They haven't gotten the results so far and they are searching for that balance of having a talented roster and getting results on the field.  For us, it's the last home game in a three match home stand where we want to do really well.” – United coach Manny Lagos

“Another week and another tough test on the road in Minnesota, but we've got a group that is battled tested away from home this Fall and will be ready to go on Saturday night. Minnesota put on a clinic in counter-attacking against us in the Spring. We'll be prepared to keep our shape defensively and throw numbers forward in a smart fashion whenever we can this weekend against a very quality opponent.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

 

Referee: Nima Saghafi

Asst 1: Tyler Dalsin

Asst 2: Bryce Bockin

4th: Jeremy Uecker

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Minnesota United FC 5 Indy Eleven 1

Minnesota United put on a commanding display to achieve 5-1 victory over visiting Indy Eleven.

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Minnesota United put on a commanding display to achieve 5-1 victory over visiting Indy Eleven. League leading scorer Christian Ramirez brought his total to 12 for the season, with Aaron Pitchkolan, Daniel Mendes, and Jamie Watson also scoring for Minnesota.

The Eleven dominated the opening minutes of the game with high pressure and possession in Minnesota's half. Several free kicks from outside the United box for Indy's Kléberson threatened keeper Matt VanOekel, but the Minnesota goalkeeper and his defense were able to handle the pressure.

United opened its scoring tally in the 25th minute with a pass from Christian Ramirez to midfielder Jamie Watson. Watson fired from outside the box, striking an Indy defender. Players appealed for a hand ball, and in the confusion an opportunity opened for midfielder Aaron Pitchkolan to take a shot. He buried the chance, beating the helpless Indy keeper Kristian Nicht giving Minnesota the 1-0 lead.

Christian Ramirez doubled United's lead in the 37th with a strike that will be a contender for goal of the week. Justin Davis put a lofted ball to the box that Ramirez chested up in the air. The United striker finished the strike with a bicycle kick from 16 yards that found the left corner of the net, making it 2-0.

"I chested the ball a little high for my liking and I looked around and God took care of the rest," said Ramirez. "I felt good when it left my foot, when I hit the floor and I heard everyone screaming, I thought someone else put it in."

United got its third of the half in stoppage time. Davis took a free kick that Ramirez flicked on past the Indy defense to find teammate Daniel Mendes who perfectly timed his run. Mendes chipped Nicht with his first touch, putting the home side up by three as time expired.

"We talked about it at halftime that it's a mental challenge to be up 3-0 and play another 45 minutes of soccer," said United Head Coach Manny Lagos. "Anything can happen in this game. The key was to talk about the mental discipline which doesn't mean sit back, but keep playing soccer. Make sure you are defending well and going forward the right way. At halftime as a coaching staff we were excited for the mental exercise to come out with a 3-0 lead and see what they would do with it."

The second half looked like a similar start to the first with the Eleven getting most of the early chances. However, Minnesota got its breakthrough just eight minutes into the half. Kevin Venegas found fellow midfielder Jamie Watson in the middle of the field with a precise pass. Watson dribbled past a defender and the Indy keeper and passed the ball 18 yards to the back of the net. The goal put United up 3-0 and was Watson's first on the year.

Five minutes later Christian Ramirez got his 12th of the year with a long range shot from the right side of the pitch. Miguel Ibarra tried a pass toward the corner flag, but the ball struck a defender's leg and was directed straight to Ramirez. The young forward took a touch, then placed a dipping shot over the head of Nicht that landed perfectly in the far back corner of the net.

Indy would not go quietly though, as former World Cup Champion Kléberson got the Eleven's lone goal. The Brazilian midfielder received the ball 30 yards from goal and saw an opening in the defense. Kléberson fired a laser-like shot, not seen by United keeper Matt VanOekel, which dipped into the upper left corner of the net making it 5-1 late in the second half.

"It was a great night for the club," said United Head Coach Manny Lagos. "There is a lot to talk about, but the result was that we won three big games during our home stand. To finish the home stand with nine points was great. It was just one of those nights with some great goals. Christian [Ramirez] had a couple that were world class. Sometimes good goals get contagious."