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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance8313
  • Date20 Sep 14
  • VenueToyota Field
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 0
Minnesota United FC 2
Minnesota United FC

22'M. Ibarra

72'M. Ibarra

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Minnesota United FC





A battle of the top teams in the 2014 NASL Standings as the San Antonio Scorpions host Minnesota United FC at Toyota Field in one of the two ‘Matches of the Week’ on ESPN3.  The Scorpions, who are currently first in the Fall Campaign but are second in the Combined Standings, are coming off a 3-1 loss to the host Carolina RailHawks last week.  Meanwhile, United, who’s already qualified into The Championship as the Spring Season Winner, topped the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 2-1, last weekend.  San Antonio, who has an eight-game unbeaten streak at home, have not defeated Minnesota in the last three encounters.  The previous meeting between the two clubs took place this past Spring when goals from forward Christian Ramirez and defender Kevin Venegas gave visiting United a 2-0 victory at Toyota Field on April 12.


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



MNU-Miguel Ibarra, Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas (Team of the Week-10)


Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals –Tomasz Zahorski (6); Assists – Billy Forbes (6)

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (15); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)



NASL Head-to-Head: (9 meetings): United 3 wins, 4 ties, 2 losses— 8 GF/7 GA (+1 GD)

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

This Year: (1 meeting): United 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: April 12, 2014 at Toyota Field — Scorpions 0-2 United


Coaches quotes:

“Saturday's game will undoubtedly be an exciting contest between the top two teams in the league with potential implications for The Championship, but we're approaching our preparation with the same objective as any other game - to get three points. The team is ready and looking forward to battling in front of our passionate home crowd that not only elevates our intensity and creates an electric atmosphere on the field, but also give us an extra edge, which is perfect for big games like this." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“First and foremost, the Scorpions are a better team than when we faced them early in the Spring Season.  Certainly their roster has changed and they have shown that they are a club that deserves to be at the top of the League. It's important for us to be excited about the way we played last week and the result that we got, but we are moving into a big challenge this weekend against a strong team that has some great players on both sides of the ball and we need to be ready to build off last weekend and have a good game.” – United coach Manny Lagos


Referee: Younes Marrakchi

Asst 1: Pedro Trejo Jr.

Asst 2: William Tomlinson

4th: Christopher Mercado



San Antonio Scorpions 0 Minnesota United FC 2

Two goal from midfielder Miguel Ibarra led Minnesota United FC to a 2-0 victory over the host San Antonio Scorpions in front of a record crowd of 8,313 at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.


Two goal from midfielder Miguel Ibarra led Minnesota United FC to a 2-0 victory over the host San Antonio Scorpions in front of a record crowd of 8,313 at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

The result has given Minnesota sole possession of first place in both the NASL Fall Season and Combined Standings in 2014, while San Antonio's eight-game home unbeaten streaks comes to an end.

"I think we did a great job of managing the game defensively and keeping our shape," said United coach Manny Lagos. "I still think we could've possessed the ball a bit better, but we really got back in numbers and made it hard for San Antonio to create chances."

After trading possession early on, United finally caught a break and was able to take advantage of the Scorpions defense. Daniel Mendes stole the ball for Minnesota by muscling a defender out of position then passed back to Aaron Pitchkolan. Pitchkolan left the ball for Greg Jordan who then placed a perfectly weighted through ball in for Ibarra. Ibarra dribbled in on goal and put a shot across frame to give Minnesota the 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

Ibarra doubled his total and Minnesota's lead in the second half by showcasing his speed against the Scorpions defense. Jordan played a long ball from the Minnesota penalty area down the field that found Ibarra breaking through two defenders. The speedy midfielder dribbled around Scorpions goalkeeper Josh Saunders and passed the ball into the empty net to secure the win for United.

Though the offense was a big part of the game tonight, solid defending and top-notch goalkeeping kept United in a comfortable position throughout the match. Goalkeeper Matt VanOekel was called upon to make several acrobatic saves to keep United in on top, and his defenders were able to make the Minnesota keeper's job a little easier by providing key clearances in the box.