FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Minnesota United FC opened its North American Soccer League Fall Season with a 3-0 victory Saturday night over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium in Florida.
Goals from Daniel Mendes, Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez helped earn a big three points for Minnesota.
"Coming in at halftime I felt the scoreline wasn't what we were looking for and we had to put a little more effort into certain areas of the game," said United Head Coach Manny Lagos via MNUnitedFC.com. "We came out in the second half and made some adjustments and had an outstanding second half. I'm very pleased with the away result in the first game of the season and I know we still have work to do to get better."
It took 23 minutes for the scoring to open up. Minnesota earned a corner kick after a Daniel Mendes cross was blocked to the right of the goal. United defender Justin Davis took the corner, looking for Mendes on the near post. Contofalsky dove to punch the ball away, but it deflected off of Mendes and went back into the net to give United a 1-0 lead.
The second half saw Minnesota get off to a fast start and not look back. Minnesota forward Christian Ramirez took sole possession of the NASL lead in goals when he finally beat the Strikers keeper on a tap in, doubling Minnesota's lead in the 59th minute.
The goal gave the visitors a boost of confidence that Miguel Ibarra used to seal the victory for his side in the 78th. A failed clearance by Strikers defender Rafael Alves was blocked by Ibarra, who then dribbled around the keeper and slotted home and easy shot to give Minnesota the 3-0 lead.
Minnesota United heads to National Sports Center Stadium to open its 2014 NASL home schedule as it faces the Carolina RailHawks on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The match will be streamed live on NASLLive.
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