Minnesota United’s 1-1 MLS road draw with Real Salt Lake Saturday night tells why they play the games.
Real Salt Lake (13-10-6, 45 points) entered the game with a 4-1-1 record over their last six and were 10-1-3 at home this season.
Minnesota (9-16-3, 30 points) now has gone seven games without a win and is 1-12-2 on the road this season.
Everything coming in pointed to an RSL win, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Trailing 1-0 with six minutes left in the game, Minnesota drew even when Miguel Ibarra took a pass from Darwin Quintero and chipped RSL goalie Nick Rimando to get the goal.
After doing nothing on offense throughout the first half, the Minnesota attack found some life in the second half behind Quintero and Romario Ibarra. The duo triggered a series of nice runs, but the team was unable to finish off the efforts.
RSL had scored 12 goals in their last two games, and it didn’t take long for the scoring machine to get going Saturday.
In the 11th minute, Damir Kreilach controlled a ball in the Minnesota third, pushed the ball a bit forward and drilled a shot from 22 yards out that found the corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead.
That was the lone goal of the first half, but it was all about RSL in the first 45 minutes. Minnesota’s defense was tight inside the penalty box, but United seemed to have trouble marking 20-30 yards out.
RSL nearly scored a second goal in the 34th minute when Joao Plata had a wide-open look from 25 yards out, but his blast caromed off the goal post and the score stayed 1-0.
The first half finished with a 9-1 advantage on shots in favor of Real Salt Lake.
—Field Level Media