LAFC give up four unanswered goals to lose to Minnesota United FC by the score of 5-1 on the road at TFC Bank Stadium.
“We had a bad mentality about the game,” Bob Bradley said after.
Bradley made several changes to his starting lineup from the U.S. Open Quarter Final match during midweek action. Latif Blessing and Aaron Kovar operated the flanks, replacing Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela.
However, Rossi did move more centrally – while Blessing was moved into a more attacking role – and operated behind Marco Urena. Benny Feilhaber started in place of Lee Nguyen in the lineup.
Back-to-Back Goals in Quick Succession
Minnesota opened up the scoring in the 25th minute of play. Laurent Ciman cut out Ibson’s initial pass, but the deflection went back to the MNUFC midfielder. Ibson then threaded a through ball to the speedy Darwin Quintero in space in the area. Quintero spotted Rasmus Schuller making a run into the box and Schuller smashed a shot into the bottom corner.
A minute later, though, LAFC found the equalizing goal. Kovar started the move when he won possession in the attacking third of the pitch. Minnesota failed to clear their lines and Blessing retrieved the ball, danced around before finding Feilhaber free in space. Feilhaber took one touch to set up a left footed shot and rocketed his attempt into the back of the net.
Minnesota Blitz LAFC for Four Unanswered Goals
Christian Ramirez put Minnesota ahead right before the first half stoppage time began. Off of a corner, Dejan Jakovic headed the initial delivery away, but not far enough out of the danger zone. The ball came back into play and got through a couple of LAFC defenders. Tyler Miller came off his line and Ramirez poked it past the LAFC goalkeeper to take the 2-1 advantage.
Minnesota’s Quintero used his speed to his advantage a minute later. A long through ball from Eric Miller set the former Club America man in behind the LAFC back line. Quintero took one touch forward before opening up his body to slot his attempt to make it 3-1.
The Colombian international set up Minnesota’s fourth goal with a pass into the area. Ramirez left the ball for Miguel Ibarra to slap a shot past LAFC’s Miller in the 57th minute.
Ramirez capped off MNUFC’s spectacular showing a minute later. Ibarra held up possession before playing a one-two with Schuller. The Minnesota winger played an immaculate square ball which capped off Ramirez’s brace.
LAFC host rivals LA Galaxy for the first time on Wednesday at Banc of California Stadium. This match is set to kick off at 7:30 PM.