Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance6202
  • Date13 Sep 14
  • VenueNational Sports Center Stadium
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Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC 2
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

C. Ramirez38'

M. Ibarra54'

31'Pecka

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Fort Laurderdale Strikers

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Fort Laurderdale Strikers

MNUvFTL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: MNU-KSTC-45

 

NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC, who already secured its berth into The Championship, will look to extend its current 10-game unbeaten streak at home when they take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at NSC Stadium.  United, who is just a point out of first place in the Combined Standings, is coming off a 1-1 draw against the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies last week.  Meanwhile, the Strikers, who are currently in single point from the last qualifying berth to The Championship, dropped a 2-0 decision last Saturday to the host New York Cosmos.  United has won the last five meetings against the Strikers, including this past Fall Season opener when goals from midfielders Miguel Ibarra, Daniel Mendes and forward Christian Ramirez gave Minnesota a 3-0 road win at Lockhart Stadium on July 12.

 

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

 

Recognition:

MNU-Kevin Venegas (Team of the Week-9)

FTL-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (14); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (8); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

 

Suspension:

FTL-Darnell King

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings):  United 7 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses—23 GF/16 GA (+7 GD)

At United: (7 meetings): United 4 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses— 12 GF/8 GA (+4 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): United 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses – 6 GF/1 GA (+5 GD)

Last Meeting: July 12, 2014 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 0-3 United

 

Coaches quotes:

“We are dealing with some adversity in terms of getting result the past few weeks. We have played some pretty good soccer in all those games and this League has teams that are dangerous and can all do well. We need to make sure that we handle this adversity with the approach of getting better and getting a win this weekend.” – United coach Manny Lagos

“Saturday's game will be a tough task for our team.  Minnesota has shown throughout the Spring and Fall seasons that they are one of the League's top teams.  We know that we must play our best to get a good result in this game.  We will be prepared to do that and I expect to see a very competitive game on Saturday night.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

Referee: Christopher Penso

Asst 1: John Krill

Asst 2: Ismir Pekmic

4th: Jeremy Uecker

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Minnesota United FC 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1

Minnesota United got back to its winning ways Saturday night with a crucial 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra scored to give United the three points it needed return to the top of the NASL Combined Standings.

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Minnesota United got back to its winning ways Saturday night with a crucial 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra scored to give United the three points it needed return to the top of the NASL Combined Standings.

"I think we predicted Fort Lauderdale was going to come in and be confident and come at us," said United Head Coach Manny Lagos. "I'm happy that we handled the adversity well, I don't think we played as well as we could have in certain spots of the game. Very pleased with the guys' response, particularly after [the Strikers] scored, I thought that's when we really started to play quality soccer."

Minnesota dominated possession for the majority of the first half, but the Strikers broke the run of play with a surprising goal in the 31st minute. Pecka received the ball just outside the United penalty area and struck a volleyed shot past goalkeeper Matt VanOekel to give Fort Lauderdale the early lead.

United struck back after a foul gave Kevin Venegas a free kick opportunity from the right side of the pitch. Venegas curled the ball across the penalty area and found league-leading goal scorer Christian Ramirez, who deflected the ball into the back of the net to level the match in the 38th minute.

After halftime, Minnesota came out strong to continue the pressure on the Fort Lauderdale goal. Miguel Ibarra was able to double United's lead in the 54th minute with an impressive run at goal. The midfielder dribbled through three Strikers defenders and pulled the trigger from outside the box and put the ball perfectly in the back corner of the net with an incredible strike.

Fort Lauderdale began to put on heavy pressure as the half went on, putting more men forward while Minnesota kept bringing back more defenders. Despite the many chances, United was able to hold on to claim the victory, extending its home unbeaten streak to 11 games.