The blossoming rivalry between the Scorpions and Minnesota United continued on Saturday afternoon as Minnesota stopped the Scorpions gaining any momentum as they defeated San Antonio 1-0 at the NSC in Blaine.
The Scorpions didn’t do too badly in the opening minutes with Hans Denissen looking dangerous for those opening minutes as he looked to create chances for his strike partner Thomasz Zahorski but neither of the two were able to take any chances.
But after the opening ten minutes Minnesota took control and they did so firmly as San Antonio looked on the back foot, almost immediately Minnesota United had a chance.
San Antonio were forced to defend a corner and headed clear only for the ball to fall to Mike Ambersley who hit a powerful shot that the Scorpions got a deflection on making it easier for Jeremy Vuolo to smother.
Just as Minnesota were taking firm control of the match their chances looked to take a hit as Floyd Franks went down and had to be substituted out in the first quarter of the match.
That didn’t really slow Minnesota down despite not having as much possession as they had they still always looked in control and in the 32nd minute only an impressive save from Vuolo stopped the Loons from taking the lead.
A free-kick saw Simone Baracalello step-up and hit a strike that looked to be heading in but Vuolo leapt high and parried the ball over the bar to keep the match scoreless at half-time.
The second half was a completely dominant performance from Minnesota as they came out attacking almost relentlessly.
Despite that the Scorpions had a good chance just two minutes in to the second half as Borja Rubiato crossed for Denissen who tried to score with a back heel that didn’t come off allowing Minnesota to save.
Minnesota continued their attack and on the hour mark were able to find the lone goal of the match, punishing the Scorpions for giving away a corner.
Baracalello stepped up to take the corner which he crossed in to the always dangerous Pablo Campos who redirected the cross with an impressive volley to open the scoring.
Minnesota United continued to be the dominant side as the match drew to a close, even holding up well defensively and as the whistle blew the finally had another clean sheet, their first of this season and first since the second week of the Apertura season.
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