Miguel Ibarra’s goal in the 60th minute gave shorthanded Minnesota United a 1-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer action Saturday.
The Loons won despite being reduced to 10 players in the 50th minute due to the ejection of Mason Toye for violent conduct. Minnesota (4-5-0) posted its second straight win after losing four consecutive games. The Whitecaps (4-5-1) suffered their fourth loss in five games.
Ibarra put in his own rebound after Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic stopped the initial shot. Alexi Gomez triggered the scoring play by sending an angled rolling cross to the far post from the left corner of the box.
Toye received a direct red card in the 50th minute for elbowing Vancouver captain Kendall Waston. The Minnesota forward is automatically suspended from his club’s next game, pending an unlikely appeal.
Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson tried to shake things up with substitutions. As a result, top striker Kei Kamara, who was originally not expected to play, saw his first action since being sidelined with a groin injury suffered late in a training session in mid-April. He was not expected to return for another week.
However, Robinson’s moves had little effect as the Whitecaps continued to struggle offensively. Vancouver was shut out for the third time in four games.
Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth recorded the clean sheet while facing seven shots on target. Minnesota put only three shots on target.
The game had some unusual moments as an official had to repair a net with white tape at the start of the second half after Shuttleworth ripped some twine while attempting a save.
There was also a hydration break in the 75th minute as the clubs played in hot and sunny conditions with the temperature reaching 84 degrees around the end of the game.
Thanks to Ibarra, the Loons still managed to cool off the Whitecaps.
—Field Level Media