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Loons fall to Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1

Minnesota sits at eighth place in the Western Conference with just two more regular season matches on the schedule.
Credit: AP
Minnesota United's Hassani Dotson, left, and Vancouver Whitecaps' Leonard Owusu vie for the ball during the first half of a MLS soccer game, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Vancouver, British, Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, BC — Brian White scored and played a role in a Minnesota United own goal in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-1 victory Wednesday night. The Whitecaps (12-9-11) leapfrogged over three teams into fifth place in the Western Conference.

The Loons (12-11-9) now sit at eighth place in the Western Conference, behind Real Salt Lake at seventh. White gave Vancouver a two-goal lead in the 64th minute with his team-leading 12th of the season.

Vancouver got on the board late in the first half on Michael Boxall’s own goal. White chested the ball past goalkeeper Tyler Miller and it hit Boxall and rolled in. Fanendo Adi scored for Minnesota in extra time.

Minnesota's Fanendo Adi scored Loons' only goal of the night in the second-half stopped time.

It's coming down to the wire for the Loons, who have just two matches left on their schedule. They play Sporting KC Sunday at noon, and the LA Galaxy on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

"We’re at that stage now where everybody has got to bring their A game. We’ve got a huge game on Saturday against a team that’s top of the league now. Never easy against Kansas," said head coach Adrian Heath after the match. "So, hey, we’ve got to go and get three points at the weekend and see where that leaves us. Because, as I’ve been saying to you guys for I don’t know how long now, it’s going to go to the last game and it probably will, looking at the Galaxy’s sort of fixtures between now and then.”