Minnesota United Falls 3-1 at Home Against Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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July 3, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Minnesota United FC News Release

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota United was unable to capture a victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday night at Allianz Field. Bongokuhle Hlongwane scored the lone goal for Minnesota, eventually ending the match 3-1 in favor of the Whitecaps. Looking forward, the Loons face LA Galaxy on the road on Sunday, July 7.

4′ – Vancouver Whitecaps FC scored the first goal of the night after they capitalized on a mistake made by Minnesota’s back line and intercepting a pass back to the Loons keeper, Ryan Gauld gained possession and passed it off to teammate Brian White for a close-range shot on goal.

17′ – Yet again, Vancouver found their second goal of the night after they were granted a corner kick that went short. Gauld on the right side served the ball into the 18-yard box where he found Vancouver defender Mathias Laborda for a header to goal.

18′ – Minnesota United found their first goal-scoring opportunity after the Honduran international Joseph Rosales crossed the ball from the left side, finding Robin Lod on the far side. Lod in the air, headed the ball straight towards the goal that was saved by Vancouver goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka.

25′ – The Loons nearly scored after Sang Bin Jeong picked the ball off Takaoka who was far off his line. Bongokuhle Hlongwane gained possession on the right flank and crossed the ball into the six-yard box, finding Lod for another header but was deflected out.

27′ – Minnesota was awarded their second penalty kick of the season after Vancouver was called for a handball inside the box. Rosales stepped up, taking the penalty kick for the Loons and fired off a left-footed shot that was pushed out.

30′ – The Loons found their first goal of the match off a set piece. Rosales crossed the ball in from the left corner where he found Hassani Dotson for a header to goal. Bongokuhle Hlongwane inside the six-yard box was able to flick the ball into goal off the header.

41′ – Dotson in the middle third of the pitch was able to split two Vancouver players which allowed him to pass the ball into space finding Lod for a one-touch shot inside the 18-yard box that fell short, hitting the side net.

48′ – Minnesota found their first scoring opportunity of the second half after a double header off a long throw-in by Devin Padelford found Sang Bin inside the six-yard box. Sang Bin was able to turn and shoot inside the box but missed just wide of the right post.

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