After suffering four straight defeats, Minnesota United looked to their first home game in almost a month as a cure to their losing ways in MLS play.
They got exactly that Saturday night, posting a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo at TCF Bank Stadium.
Minnesota (3-5-0) took the lead for good in the second half moments after an incredible save from goalie Bobby Shuttleworth off a header from Houston’s Mauro Manotas.
Collin Martin slipped a pass to Miguel Ibarra, who in turn hit a cross towards a breaking Ibson. The slick Brazilian got to the ball and split second before the Houston defender and touched it past Houston goalie Joe Willis for the 2-1 lead.
Minnesota has been plagued by surrendering early goals this year, and Saturday was no exception.
In the 10th minute of the game, Houston (2-3-2) scored. Romell Quioto got the ball down the left side, then beat Carter Manley before slotting a cross through the defense.
The ball found its way across the 6-yard box to the back-post, where Alberth Elis knocked it home with a sliding touch of the ball into a wide-open net for the 1-0 lead.
Minnesota was able to draw even, thanks in large part to continued excellent play from Darwin Quintero.
The Colombian designated player got behind the Houston defense and sent a header that glanced off the arm of Dynamo defender Alejandro Fuenmayor, giving Minnesota a penalty kick.
Quintero took the kick from the spot, calmly putting it home in the upper right to tie it at 1-1 in the 40th minute.
Quioto was the most dangerous player for either team in the first 45 minutes, repeatedly threatening down the left side of the field, including sending a blistering shot off the crossbar in the 43rd minute.
—Field Level Media