Has Minnesota United finally turned a corner in MLS play?

Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper celebrates Saturday's win. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper celebrates Saturday's win. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports /

There is some momentum now for Minnesota United, six points from their last two games to shoot up the MLS standings. Saturday’s 1-0 win over FC Dallas was an important moment for a Minnesota United side that went from being on the verge of a meltdown to now being a competitive side once again.

Coming into their midweek home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, head coach Adrian Heath’s Minnesota United was the only team in MLS without a point. Now with consecutive 1-0 results at home, the side is squarely back in the mix of the Western Conference.

A stoppage time goal from Roman Lod made it dramatic but for Minnesota United, it was a crucial goal to keep their season going in a positive direction.

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“Knowing how we were going to react after those first four performances and where we put ourselves, and having two games at home, I think six was kind of where we set our goal,” Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall said after the match.

“I don’t think we would’ve been happy with four. Obviously, happy with where we’re at, kind of expected us to get the six, even though it did come a little late tonight.”

Minnesota United, who were within minutes of making MLS Cup last year, were winless through their first four games of the season and surprised many around the league with their poor start. Now with six points from these two home matches, the club is pointed in the right direction.

Having upgraded their roster significantly this offseason, Minnesota United can and should challenge for the Western Conference title. But the struggles this season in front of goal have been surprising.

The good news is that the pieces are coming together for Heath’s club. The midfield is beginning to come together and on Saturday, the fullbacks were moving well and providing some much needed width.

“I just think we’ve had a mixture of final ball not being good enough, or missing chances. I can think of maybe five or six other opportunities that maybe we’ve had where we should have done better. Had they gone in, we wouldn’t be having this same conversation,” Heath said.

“And, I think, you know… when I look at the last 20 minutes, the endeavor, the determination, the desire to make something happen, especially from our two fullbacks, who, the way we play, they have to put in an incredible amount of energy in. I thought Romain [Metanire] and Chase [Gasper] really gave us something, later on in the game, when, the game got a little bit end to end for my liking. But, we were in the ascendancy for probably most of the second half. But, a team like them, you’re always worried that you’re going to get done with the old soccer punch on the counter. And, tonight, we didn’t.”

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