Minnesota United FC visited the Pacific Northwest, a place they have had a huge lack of success in, for the third and final time this year.
Coming into this game MNUFC had lost to both Portland and Seattle by a combined 9-1 out west, and that luck didn’t change tonight.
The Loons were short a few players as Francisco Calvo was back home in Costa Rica as he and his wife welcomed their newborn son into the world a few days ago. Kevin Molino was out due to illness while Christian Ramirez started the match as a sub, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in July.
In normal fashion for a MNUFC match, the opponents started off dominant holding possession for most of the first five minutes.
In the 5th minute the Whitecaps Marcel de Jong fired a beautiful long pass from the midfield line to the top of the box where Yordy Reyna took a touch and chipped it over Bobby Shuttleworth for the first goal of the night.
In the 31st minute Vancouver struck again as Erik Hurtado deflected in teammate Brek Shea’s shot for goal number 2.
A few minutes after the goal, the Loons earned a corner that resulted in a Johan Venegas header that would miss high and wide left. The final 10 minutes of the first half had a good amount of fouls that was all capped off with Michael Boxall getting a yellow card for unsporting behavior in the 45th minute.
In the 88th minute, Vancouver would wrap it all up with their third goal of the night as Freddy Montero sent a cross in that Brek Shea finished with a header. A few minutes later the match finished up with Vancouver the winners 3-0.
Minnesota United FC will face Montreal Impact this Saturday at Saputo Stadium in Montreal before coming back on later this month for their second to last home game of 2017.