Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance6454
  • Date25 Oct 14
  • VenueNational Sports Center Stadium
  • Kick Off08:00 PM EDT
W W L W D
Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC 0
V
L W D W L
San Antonio Scorpions 1
San Antonio Scorpions

61'C. Elizondo

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. San Antonio Scorpions

MNUvSAS

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: MNU-KSTC-45

 

The 2014 NASL Spring Season winner, Minnesota United FC, who has already secured the #1 seed in The Championship, now looks to claim the Fall Title when they host the San Antonio Scorpions at NSC Stadium. The Scorpions, who are currently second in the Fall and Combined Standings, are coming off a 1-0 loss to host Indy Eleven last week.  Meanwhile, United extended its home unbeaten streak to 13 games last weekend with a scoreless draw against the New York Cosmos.  Minnesota has won the last four encounters against San Antonio, including the most recent one last month, 2-0, at Toyota Field.  Midfielder Miguel Ibarra scored twice to give United the road victory on September 20.

 

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

                                               

Recognition:

MNU-Miguel Ibarra, Christian Ramirez (Team of the Week-15)

SAS- N/A

 

Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (19); Assists – Miguel Ibarra, Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas (5)

SAS-Goals – Rafael Castillo (7); Assists – Billy Forbes (7)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (10 meetings): United 4 wins, 4 ties, 2 losses— 10 GF/7 GA (+3 GD)

At United: (4 meetings): Scorpions/United 1 win, 2 ties, 1 loss – 2 GF/2 GA (0 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): United 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 4 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: September 20, 2014 at Toyota Field — Scorpions 0-2 United

 

Coaches quotes:

“It’s important that as we go through the process of getting ready for the playoffs that we step up on the field making sure that we’re playing with the right type of edge that gets us ready for the postseason. The reality is that we’re playing a playoff team. That helps in that cause." – United coach Manny Lagos

“Minnesota is a talented squad that boasts a great record at home. With the postseason nearing and the fall championship still undecided, Saturday's game presents us with a stern test on the road. But, we continue to feel like we're making the right adjustments and that we’re progressing towards hitting our peak for the remaining regular season games as well as the postseason." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

 

Referee: Juan Guzmán Jr

Asst 1: Jorge OConitrillo

Asst 2: Matt Tiano

4th: Artem Sher

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Minnesota United FC 0 San Antonio Scorpions 1

The San Antonio Scorpions ended host Minnesota United FC's 13-game home unbeaten streak with 1-0 win in front of 6,454 spectators at NSC Stadium on Saturday evening.

MNUvSAS

The San Antonio Scorpions ended host Minnesota United FC's 13-game home unbeaten streak with 1-0 win in front of 6,454 spectators at NSC Stadium on Saturday evening.

United controlled possession in the first half, putting pressure on the San Antonio throughout the half. Midfielder Miguel Ibarra and forward Rafael Burgos had the best scoring chances of the half for Minnesota. Ibarra unleashed a rocket shot through traffic that blasted into the chest of Saunders, who dove on the ball to prevent it from spilling into the net. Burgos' chance came late in the half as he found himself all alone in front of goal.  He decided not to shoot and passed to teammate Christian Ramirez, but a defender cleared the ball away from goal.

The physical play continued into the second half with more cards being shown to both sides. Despite all the physical play, San Antonio was able to break the deadlock with a very clean goal. A low cross from Walter Restrepo found Cesar Elizondo wide open in front of the United goal. Elizondo easily placed the ball past goalkeeper Matt VanOekel to give San Antonio the 1-0 lead.

Minnesota began to send more men forward to try to tie the game back up, but San Antonio's defense was up to the task. Several key grabs by goalkeeper Josh Saunders preserved the Scorpions' lead for the remainder of the match. The victory keeps San Antonio's hopes for the Fall Championship alive as they will face the New York Cosmos next week.