Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union return home in first place in the East after grabbing all three points in a 3-2 win over Minnesota United on Sunday.
It was an intense game, the first for the Union in Minnesota’s new Allianz Field in Saint Paul. The boys in blue took the lead three times and Minnesota was able to come from behind twice to tie the game.
The Union came out with the usual diamond midfield formation with Sergio Santos and Kacper Przybylko playing the two striker positions up top. Sergio got the night started by drawing a penalty kick early in the game, giving the chance to Jamiro Monteiro to score the goal.
Minnesota had a good amount of the possession and momentum during the match. The Unions midfield had a difficult time winning balls Sunday evening, giving Minnesota the opportunities to keep the ball in the U’s defending third of the field. Andre Blake was able to finish the night with a great performance and four fantastic saves.
In the 86th minute of the game, Auston Trusty saved the day with his second career MLS goal. The game was tied 2-2 thanks to another goal from Haris Medjunanin right before the end of the first half, and after a set piece was reset, Ilsinho was able to send a lofted ball a crossed the six-yard box to find Trusty, who was able to win the ball with his left and hammer home a right-footed shot past Minnesota goal keeper Vito Mannone.
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