Over 17,000 fans were in attendance for Minnesota United’s first MLS win in the clubs history. Their win against the also struggling Real Salt Lake was a much needed moment this early in a season that has been filled with mostly negatives.
It didn’t appear things were going to be any different as Luke Mulholland scored in the 4th minute to give Real Salt Lake the early lead, but Minnesota kept battling back and after missing on a few chances early got on the board with a header from Kevin Molino in the 16th minute. Molino who has been playing well all season was awarded ‘Man of the Match”. Minnesota rolled into halftime with momentum and didn’t look back.
Minnesota was dominating possession early in the second half and finally broke the game open with a goal by Christian Ramirez int the 52nd minute. The fans were cheering load and hard the entire game and were never louder then when that goal was scored. Later in the 62nd minute as Nick Rimando went out of the net to play the ball he misplayed the ball and Christian Ramirez walked the ball into the net to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead. Just a bit later in the 69th minute after some good passes from MN United Johan Venegas put the ball in the back of the net to increase the lead. A late goal in the 87th minute by Real Salt Lake wasn’t going to stop Minnesota from enjoying its first win.
Minnesota played well and dominated the pitch, they really deserved to win this game. They are going to celebrate this one for a while, but they better focus and get ready for the next match as they travel to play against FC Dallas April 8th before taking a quick drive down to play Houston April 15th.