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Sports Minnesota advances to MLS semis with 4-1 win over San Jose

10:51  02 august  2020
10:51  02 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

MLS quarterfinal matchups set after Portland books last berth

  MLS quarterfinal matchups set after Portland books last berth The MLS is Back Tournament is down to eight teams after the Portland Timbers and Minnesota United claimed the last two spots in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Timbers brought the round of 16 to an end after beating a stubborn FC Cincinnati team in a shootout. Giovanni Savarese's men will take on New York City FC in the next round. A date with the San Jose Earthquakes awaits Minnesota United in the quarterfinals, as the Loons also beat the Columbus Crew in a shootout on Tuesday. After blowing the lead in the 77th minute, Minnesota eventually booked their spot thanks to a perfect performance from the penalty spot.

Minnesota have won against San Jose thrice. There have been no draws. San Jose Earthquakes have a full squad of players to choose from. They are most likely to retain the XI that decimated San Jose have been the more impressive team in the tournament. But Minnesota have beaten them in all

Minnesota United will face San Jose in the quarterfinals of the tournament on Saturday. “ I think we've played our way into the tournament. The Crew had convincing wins over FC Cincinnati and the New York Red Bulls before capping the group stage with a 1 -0 win over Atlanta United.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Robin Lod had a goal and an assist, Hassani Dotson had two assists and Minnesota United advanced in the MLS is Back tournament with a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in a quarterfinal match Saturday.

Lod and Jacori Hayes scored first-half goals 90 seconds apart to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead at halftime. Magnus Eriksson helped the Earthquakes get within a goal early in the second half on a penalty kick before Minnesota's Luis Amarilla and Marlon Hairston scored to put it out of reach.

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Columbus/ Minnesota advances to the quarterfinals. They will play against San Jose on August 1 . That being said, if this goes into Extra Time instead of straight to PKs, I think we win . Minnesota was absolutely dead and we consistently were getting forward well at the end.

Orlando will now face either San Jose Earthquakes or Minnesota in the last four, who play in their quarter-final on Saturday. But it was a disappointing early exit for Los Angeles, who had looked to be on course for their first silverware after a rousing 4 - 1 victory over MLS Cup champions Seattle in the last

Minnesota United will face Orlando City in Thursday's semifinal, with the winner advancing to the championship game on Aug. 11. It will be an interesting matchup for Minnesota coach Adrian Heath, who was Orlando's boss for five seasons and directed their transition from the USL to MLS.

“I said all along I thought we’d get better as the tournament has gone along and we proved it,” Minnesota coach Adrian Heath said, “We’re more talented than people think. We were without some of our top players and dug it out.”

Lod put Minnesota United on the board in the 20th minute when he had an open shot after San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega was caught out of position. Hayes— who got the start due to a hamstring injury to All-Star Romain Metanire — quickly put the Loons up by two in the 21st minute when he put in a rebound after Vega deflected Hassani Dotson's shot.

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San Jose controlled the game after that, but Minnesota iced it on a Kevin Molino goal two minutes into stoppage time. Minnesota got on the board just five minutes into the game when Darwin Quintero put home a volley off a cross from Ethan Finlay. Finlay got loose in the right side of the penalty box before

San Jose Earthquakes await Minnesota in Friday's quarter-final showdown at Walt Disney World Resort. In Tuesday's other last-16 fixture, the Timbers were 4 -2 winners on penalties against Jaap Stam's FC Cincinnati. Jaroslaw Niezgoda broke the deadlock for the Timbers when he coolly found

San Jose was awarded a penalty kick after a video review when it was determined that Hayes committed a hand ball inside the box. Eriksson converted on the penalty with his third goal of the tournament in the 50th minute.

Amarilla put Minnesota back up by two six minutes later with a left-footed finish just past the near post. Hairston closed the scoring in the 86th minute after getting a crossing pass from Dotson.

Minnesota United has won four straight against San Jose, outscoring them 15-4.

“It is pretty simple, we were outplayed by our opponent,” San Jose coach Matias Almeyda said. “We had some chances to counter in the second half and weren't able to do it.”

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