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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 3 Minnesota United 2 full time

The Union make their first visit to Allianz Field in Saint Paul


It wasn’t pretty in the end, but a huge three points for the Union to move back into first place in the Eastern Conference. Attention now turns to Red Bull home on Saturday before the Gold Cup break.

90’ Four minutes of stoppage time to go.

86’ Ilsinho in for Monteiro and it took him all of a few seconds to make an impact setting up Auston Trusty with a pass into the box that Trusty does well to collect and finish to put the Union back in front 3-2. Redemption for Trusty on a much harder chance to convert than his free header earlier.

80’ Molino looking for a brace, but fortunately Gaddis is there to block his shot. Minnesota still on the front foot.

77’ Kevin Molino with the equalizer that comes after sustained pressure from the Loons. The Union not looking like their usual second half selves here.

70’ Warren Creavalle into the game for Brenden Aaronson. Kind of a quiet day from Aaronson.

63’ Marco Fabián checks into the game for Sergio Santos, who didn’t get on the score sheet but drew the fouls that set up both goals.

62’ Kai Wagner with a big block to stop a shot from Quintero from close range. It looked like Blake may have had it covered but still a big play from Wagner, who had a key block in the first half as well. Jack Elliott also had a good play I forgot to mention earlier when he cut out a Ethan Finlay cross.

60’ In the first half it was his saves that kept the Union in the game when United could have easily had two or three goals. In the second half, it’s been his quickness off the line that has impressed. It’s been a big day for Andre Blake.

52’ Trusty gets a free header in the box off a short cross from Kacper but his header goes right at the keeper. That should have been 3-1.

44’ Haris Medunjanin puts the Union back up with a gorgeous free kick. Sergio Santos drew the foul on Opara with a little cut back moments after he was taken down by Opara just outside the box and didn’t get the call.

35’ Ray Gaddis just made a horribly ill-advised pass across the middle of the field that was picked off but fortunately didn’t lead to a goal on the initial play or the subsequent free kick from just outside the box.

28’ Hasani Dotson scores his first career MLS goal to tie it up when he beats Andre Blake to his right inside the post with a volley from outside the 18 on a ball Alejandro Bedoya headed out of the box. Santos’ miss is looming large now.

24’ Sergio Santos is a one-man counter attack — takes the ball from inside his own 18 and takes off down the field but his shot attempt goes just wide of the post. Santos has been very active today.

18’ GOAL to the Union. Jamiro Monteiro converts from the spot to give the Union a lead. Kacper Przybylko, who had set up Sergio Santos earlier in the box with a pass the Brazilian swung and missed at made another key pass to Santos who took a touch and was taken out by Brent Kallman. The goal is the third of the season for Monteiro, who is 2-for-2 on penalties.

15’ Andre Blake keeping the Union in this one. He has three saves already, including a double save on Angelo Rodriguez, which preceded a huge Jack Elliott block. This has been a pretty wide open game so far.

Starting Lineups

After leaving the Steel FC game at halftime on Friday, Matt Freese is back on the bench today for the Union in his old stomping ground. Though he was born in Pennsylvania, Freese spent some time as a kid living in Minnesota. Brenden Aaronson is back into the starting XI, Marco Fabián is on the bench and Fafa Picault, who was listed as questionable on the injury report, isn’t in the 18.

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Auston Trusty, Kai Wagner; Haris Medunjanin; Alejandro Bedoya, Jamiro Monteiro; Brenden Aaronson; Kacper Przybłko, Sergio Santos

Bench: Matt Freese, Aurelien Collin, Warren Creavalle, Marco Fabián, Ilsinho, Michee Ngalina

Minnesota United: Vito Mannone; Hasani Dotson, Ike Opara, Brent Kallman, Romain Métanire; Jan Gregus, Osvaldo Alonso; Ethan Finlay, Darwin Quintero, Miguel Ibarra; Angelo Rodríguez

Bench: Dayne St. Clair, Michael Boxall, Eric Miller, Rasmus Schüller, Kevin Molino, Abu Danladi, Lawrence Olum


Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Gianni Facchini
Fourth Official: Kevin Broadley
VAR: Geoff Gamble

How to Watch

Where: Allianz Field, Saint Paul, Minnesota
When: 4 p.m. ET, Sunday, June 2, 2019TV: PHL17
Streaming: ESPN+ (Blackout restrictions apply)*
Radio: Union Radio

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