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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance2796
  • Date31 Aug 14
  • VenueClarke Field
  • Kick Off03:00 PM EDT
W D L W W
FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 2
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D W W W D
Minnesota United FC 1
Minnesota United FC

C. Burt65'

L. Laing71'

80'Daniel Mendes

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Minnesota United FC

FCEvMNU

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: FCE – CityTV

 

Host FC Edmonton will look to end Minnesota United FC’s 11-game unbeaten streak with they meet at Clarke Stadium.  Edmonton, who is four points from the final spot to The Championship, is coming off a 2-1 win over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers last Sunday.  Meanwhile, Minnesota, who has already secured its berth into the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament as the Spring Champion, played to a 1-1 draw against the hosts New York Cosmos last Saturday.  The Eddies hold the advantage in the encounters against United in Canada, however Minnesota is unbeaten in its last four meetings against the Canadian side.  The last time both clubs faced off was earlier this month when hosts United posted a 3-2 win at NSC Stadium on August 9.  Midfielder Daniel Mendes scored twice and forward Christian Ramirez added another for Minnesota, while defender Lance Laing and midfielder Neil Hlavaty each had a tally for Edmonton in the loss.

 

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Recognition:

FCE-Lance Laing (Player of the Week-7); Chad Burt, Lance Laing (Team of the Week-7)

MNU-Daniel Mendes (Team of the Week-7)

 

Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce (6); Assists – Lance Laing (5)

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (13); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)

 

Suspension:

FCE-Neil Hlavaty

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): United 5 wins, 6 ties, 3 losses— 21 GF/20 GA (+1 GD)

At Edmonton: (6 meetings): Eddies 3 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses— 14 GF/9 GA (+5 GD)

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

Last Meeting: August 9, 2014 at NSC Stadium — United 3-2 Eddies

 

Coaches quotes:

“We are really excited about playing the Spring Champions this Sunday. They are a great team and we will need to be at our very best. We are looking forward to playing them, because in the way that we are playing, we feel like we can take them on. It will be a really good test for us moving towards a Championship spot.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“I think this Edmonton is a different team than we’ve played before, even a couple of weeks ago, in particular at the beginning of the year. They’re on a really good run. The biggest thing is we know it’s going to be a challenge for us up there, with the way they’re playing and an away game for us.” – United coach Manny Lagos

 

Referee: Alain Ruch

Asst 1: Peter Manastyrsky

Asst 2: Michael Barwegen

4th: Dereck Illingworth

 

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FC Edmonton 2 Minnesota United FC 1

Host FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC’s 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Clarke Stadium.

FCEvMNU

Host FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC’s 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Clarke Stadium.

Goals by forward Chad Burt and defender Lance Laing paced the Eddies to their third consecutive win, while midfielder Daniel Mendes had the only tally for United in their first loss of the 2014 NASL Fall Season.

"We're very pleased with the win because today we were playing against the Spring Season Champions, who are well-organized, well-coached, and well-prepared," said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. "I told the guys that I don't care how we win - I just want the three pionts. Today, we made it difficult for ourselves in the first half, but in the second half, we were more competitive and looked more dangerous."

The first half was dominated by United, who had the majority of possession. Minnesota had several chances from Christian Ramirez and Justin Davis that could've put the visitors on top, but near misses and strong goalkeeping prevented the Loons from taking the lead. 

FC Edmonton was able to get a few shots off as well, relying on quick counter-attacks early on. Laing made his presence throughout the first half, making runs down the left side and feeding dangerous crosses into the Minnesota defensive box. Laing also took a few shots himself, however none were much trouble for Minnesota United goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt.

Minnesota continued to dominate possession early in the second half, but the quick counter-attacks by Edmonton took a toll on United. Minnesota thought they were going to have a throw in, but a quick touch by Edmonton defender Kareem Moses opened up a run down the left of the pitch. Forward Tomi Ameobi's shot was blocked, causing to the ball to fall to the feet of striker Burt, who flicked the ball past Hildebrandt to make it 1-0 for Edmonton in the 65th minute.

It took just six minutes for Edmonton to double its lead. Lance Laing found open space on the left side of the Minnesota penalty area, took a touch inside and fired through traffic. The ball curled around the outstretched arms of the Minnesota goalkeeper, and found its way to the top right corner of the net.

Minnesota was scrambling as the game went on, pushing more men forward to try and generate offense. A foul just outside the Edmonton penalty area against Minnesota forward Rafael Burgos, gave Minnesota a golden opportunity to get back in the game. Daniel Mendes stepped up and curled the ball over the wall to the left post to cut Edmonton's lead in half. An identical free kick just minutes later could've tied the match for Minnesota, but this time Eddies goalkeeper Lance Parker made the save.