RECAP | United 2, Fury FC 1

Daniel Mendes' late free kick ends Ottawa's unbeaten run at 12 games
Minnesota United Staff | Aug 15, 2015

Minnesota United pulled off a dramatic 2-1 victory on the road against Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday night. United's win ended Ottawa's 12-game unbeaten streak, with the winning goal coming from midfielder Daniel Mendes.

"This was a very important game for us," United head coach Manny Lagos said. "Getting back in the win column was huge. We played well against a team who was on a great run, and had to grind out a late win."

Though both teams struggled to make connections in the offensive third of the field, Minnesota was able to break the deadlock. Forward Christian Ramirez stole the ball off the feet of Rafael Alves and went on a breakaway toward Fury FC’s goal. Ramirez expertly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to take the lead for United and extend his scoring streak to seven games.

"He keeps finding new ways to score," Lagos said. "He really set the tone for the game and got us going in the right direction."

Ottawa pressed the attack in the second half to try to equalize, giving Minnesota little time with the ball. Minnesota's defense withstood the bombardment from Fury FC, mainly coming from outside crosses. The home side finally broke through in the 74th minute as Andrew Wiedeman capitalized on a deflection in the box to level the match.

United answered by pushing back Ottawa, who was trying to pull ahead late. The golden opportunity came in stoppage time when Pablo Campos was fouled outside of the penalty area, setting up his team with a free kick. Daniel Mendes took the kick, and curled the ball over the defensive wall that went off the post and in for the late winner.

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