Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5744
  • Date04 Oct 14
  • VenueNational Sports Center Stadium
Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC 1
Atlanta Silverbacks 0
Atlanta Silverbacks

C. Ramirez58'

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta Silverbacks




The Spring Champion and Combined Standings Leader Minnesota United FC will look to extend its home unbeaten streak, which is currently 11 games, when they face the Atlanta Silverbacks at NSC Stadium in the NASL ‘Match of the Week’ on ESPN3.  Minnesota, who has not lost in its last four games, is coming off a 3-2 road victory over Ottawa Fury FC last Sunday.  Meanwhile, Atlanta, who’s playing its third game in eight days, dropped a 2-0 decision on the road this past Wednesday against Ottawa.  United leads the series against the Silverbacks, however Atlanta has won the last two games at Minnesota.  The previous encounter took place at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on July 26, and ended in a 1-1 draw.  Forward and NASL Leading Goal scorer Christian Ramirez gave Minnesota the lead but Atlanta got the equalizer from forward Jaime Chavez in the final minute.


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


MNU-Miguel Ibarra (Player of the Week-12), (Player of the Month-September); Christian Ramirez, Miguel Ibarra (Team of the Week-12)



Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (16); Assists – Miguel Ibarra, Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas (5)

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Pablo Cruz, Blair Gavin (3)



MNU-Tiago Calvano; ATL-Junior Burgos



NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): United 7 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses— 21 GF/17 GA (+4 GD)

At United: (6 meetings): United 3 wins, 0 ties, 3 losses — 7 GF/6 GA (+1 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): United 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses— 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: July 26, 2014 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 1-1 United


Coaches quotes:

“We certainly had a great result last week in Ottawa.  Turning then to a team like Atlanta, which has not been in great form, but has dangerous players and a legacy of playing very well against us. They were the Spring Champions last year and they have always given us a good game. They are a team that has some good weapons and sometimes teams that are in form can be the most dangerous.” – United coach Manny Lagos


“This has been a difficult road trip due to a limited roster but we are making a few adjustments with the available players to bounce back. Minnesota is obviously a very organized side and we need to be sharp in order to get a result.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith


Referee: Fotis Bazakos

Asst 1: Kip Jackson / Asst 2: Daniel Stupca

4th: Amber O’Connor


Minnesota United FC 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 0

Minnesota United extended its 12 game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks.


Minnesota United extended its 12 game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks. Christian Ramirez scored his league-leading 17th goal of the season to keep United on top of the NASL.

"I though we started really sharply and had some nice movements and some nice chances," said United Head Coach Manny Lagos. "I think we tried to push them till we scored, but they got into the game and we started not passing as well in the middle third. We came out with more urgency after halftime, and we didn't finish as many chances as we liked but we got the one."

The first half ended scoreless with few shots taken. Minnesota had the better of the chances and the only shot on net of the half. Atlanta didn't make it easy on the United defense though, forcing several amazing tackles from Cristiano Dias and Brent Kallman.

Minnesota finally broke the deadlock in the second half after several early chances. Midfielder Juliano Vicentini took a shot on goal and Atlanta Silverbacks goalkeeper Eric Ati made the save but the ball dropped at the feet of Christian Ramirez. The forward took a shot on goal, curling the ball past a lone Atlanta defender to score his league-leading 17th goal of the season.

As Atlanta tried to fight back into the game, Edgar Espinoza was sent off, leaving Atlanta with only ten players. Espinoza received his first yellow card in the 49th minute for diving after a Greg Jordan tackle. Thirteen minutes later, the Atlanta defender was sent off for elbowing Jordan in the head which earned him the second yellow and an early trip to the locker room.

Minnesota had several chances to double its lead, but offside calls and Silverback interceptions prevented United from increasing its advantage. When the final whistle blew, United emerged victorious with the 1-0 victory to remain on top of the NASL standings.