Minnesota United collapses late in 2-1 loss to Seattle
MINNEAPOLIS — Given Minnesota United's awful road form this season, the Loons' last home game before a five-match road trip took on a must-win atmosphere Saturday, Aug. 4, at TCF Bank Stadium.
"It's the biggest game of the whole year," captain Francisco Calvo said Friday.
The Loons had lifted that added weight over nearly 90 minutes with a 1-0 lead, but a handball call against Miguel Ibarra turned into Seattle's Nicolas Lodieiro slotting in the equalizer on a penalty in the first minute of stoppage time.
Then, the dagger. Will Bruin chipped the game-winning goal over goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the seventh minute of stoppage time for Seattle to snatch a 2-1 win over Minnesota. The Loons squandered a chance to create more distance from Seattle on the edge of the Western Conference playoff race; they were leapfrogged by Seattle instead.
At 9-12-1 overall, Minnesota failed to win its fourth-straight home game and couldn't move into sole possession of the second-most home wins in Major League Soccer this season. This compared to Minnesota's MLS-low three away points, with upcoming matches against Los Angles Galaxy, FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United and Real Salt Lake.
Seattle (8-9-5) kept alive its now seven-game unbeaten run stopped.
The Sounders' early momentum was stunted by Darwin Quintero's individual playmaking and lethal finishing, which put Minnesota up in the 19th minute.
Before Quintero's efforts, Seattle had controlled 65 percent of the possession and were up 5-1 in total shots.
New striker Angelo Rodriguez received his first start with Minnesota Saturday and had two close misses on headers. He put an Alexi Gomez cross over the crossbar in the 30th minute. On Francisco Calvo's cross in the 43rd, his header went off the post.
Quintero nearly made it 2-0 with a shot off the post in the 45th. At halftime, Rasmus Schuller came off with a slight groin injury, Adrian Heath told Fox Sports North. Collin Martin replaced him.
Rodriguez was subbed off in the 69th minute, with Abu Danladi coming on. Danladi returned from injury and scored in 4-2 loss to Vancouver last week. That helped helped him play over Christian Ramirez, who started and was scoreless against the Whitecaps.