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Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC Pick & Prediction NOV 22TH 2020

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Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC Recap NOV 22TH 2020

Colorado defender Lalas Abubakar headed a ball into his own goal in the 89th minute to break a tie and hand Minnesota United a 2-1 victory over the Rapids on Wednesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

The winning score came when Loons midfielder Ethan Finlay curled a long cross from outside the right side of the penalty box for forward Raheem Edwards. Abubakar cut in front of Edwards at the last moment and headed the ball into his own net.

Robin Lod scored a goal for Minnesota (8-5-6, 30 points), which extended its unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3). Dayne St. Clair finished with three saves for the Loons.

Andre Shinyashiki scored for the Rapids (5-6-4, 19 points). William Yarbrough made four saves for Colorado, which was playing just its second match since Sept. 23 as a COVD-19 outbreak among players and staff caused multiple postponements.

Minnesota, which outshot the Rapids 15-5 in the first half, including 2-0 in shots on goal, took a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute on Lod's sixth goal of the season. The score came off after a Colorado turnover outside the penalty box. Loons midfielder Emanuel Reynoso cut toward the center of the box and found Lod slicing in from the right side. Lod then fired a left-footed shot from the 18-yard line past Yarbrough and into the left corner of the goal.

Lod almost got another goal in the 52nd minute when his free kick from outside the box glanced off the wall and just wide of the right post.

Shinyashiki tied it in the 69th minute with his third goal of the season, drilling in a right-footed shot from the right edge of the 6-yard box off a nice setup by Diego Rubio.

Minnesota played without forward Kei Kamara for what was termed "a gentlemen's agreement" between the two teams. The Loons acquired Kamara from the Rapids in a trade on Sept. 19. The agreement allows Kamara to play should the teams meet again in the MLS Cup playoffs.

--Field Level Media
Kevin Molino scored a goal on each side of halftime, leading Minnesota United to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids in a Western Conference first-round match of the MLS playoffs Sunday night in St. Paul, Minn.

Emanuel Reynoso assisted on both Molino goals and also provided an assist on Robin Lod's goal, the second of the night for the home side.

The fourth-seeded Loons, in their second consecutive postseason appearance after being eliminated in the first round last year, advanced to play Sporting Kansas City, the top seed in the Western Conference. SKC needed penalty kicks to eliminate stubborn San Jose earlier Sunday. That conference semifinal will take place Dec. 1 or 2 at Kansas City.

Molino first goal came after taking a throw-in. He slipped the ball to Reynoso and made a run toward the goal. Reynoso did the hard work, working his way to the top of the box to deliver the ball to Molino, who stayed onside for the goal in the 22nd minute.

Minnesota United had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 in the 31st minute, with three players bearing down on goal with the ball and only one Rapids defender back after a giveaway.

The ball came to Reynoso, whose shot hit the right post and rolled away for the Rapids to clear.

Colorado, the West's fifth seed, picked up the pressure on offense out of halftime. Minnesota United was somehow able to clear a couple of shots from deep in the box, the last one from Cole Bassett in the 48th minute. Nicolas Benezet and Bassett had near misses moments later.

Lod made it 2-0 in the 54th minute, dribbling in against his defender and calmly taking a shot that bounced into the net. Then Molino sealed the victory for Minnesota United in the 79th minute.

Dayne St. Clair had six saves in goal for Minnesota United, which welcomed back veteran midfielder Osvaldo Alonso from a leg injury for his first game since Oct. 29.

Minnesota United is on a nine-match undefeated streak, including Sunday's win. Colorado's first postseason appearance since 2016 came to a quick end.

--Field Level Media

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Colorado Rapids

Minnesota United FC

Player Position Lineup
William Yarbrough Starter
Lalas Abubakar Starter
Keegan Rosenberry Starter
Jonathan Lewis Starter
Daniel Wilson Starter
Jack Price Starter
Cole Bassett Starter
Andre Shinyashiki Starter
Younes Namli Starter
Kellyn Acosta Starter
Diego Rubio Starter
Collen Warner Substitution
Jeremy Kelly Substitution
Nicolas Benezet Substitution
Nicolas Mezquida Substitution
Brian Galvan Substitution
Drew Moor Substitution
Clint Irwin Substitution
Sam Vines Substitution
Steven Beitashour Substitution
Player Position Lineup
Dayne St. Clair Starter
Michael Boxall Starter
Hassani Dotson Starter
Bakaye Dibassy Starter
Chase Gasper Starter
Ján Greguš Starter
Ethan Finlay Starter
Marlon Hairston Starter
Emanuel Reynoso Starter
Robin Lod Starter
Kevin Molino Starter
Jacori Hayes Substitution
Osvaldo Alonso Substitution
Kei Kamara Substitution
Thomás Chacón Substitution
Aaron Schoenfeld Substitution
Brent Kallman Substitution
Adrian Zendejas Substitution
Noah Billingsley Substitution
Jose Aja Substitution

Colorado Rapids

Minnesota United FC

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 22
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Kevin Molino
  • MIN 44
    Younes Namli
    card
  • Period 2
  • MIN 46
    IN: Nicolas Benezet
    OUT: Jonathan Lewis
    substitution
  • MIN 50
    Lalas Abubakar
    card
  • MIN 52
    Michael Boxall
    card
  • MIN 54
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Robin Lod
  • MIN 68
    IN: Kei Kamara
    OUT: Ethan Finlay
    substitution
  • MIN 72
    IN: Sam Vines
    OUT: Younes Namli
    substitution
  • MIN 79
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Kevin Molino
  • MIN 80
    IN: Osvaldo Alonso
    OUT: Marlon Hairston
    substitution
  • MIN 81
    IN: Brian Galvan
    OUT: Andre Shinyashiki
    substitution
  • MIN 81
    IN: Nicolas Mezquida
    OUT: Kellyn Acosta
    substitution
  • MIN 83
    IN: Jacori Hayes
    OUT: Emanuel Reynoso
    substitution
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • @Minnesota United FC L 0 - 3
  • @Houston Dynamo W 2 - 1
  • Seattle Sounders FC W 1 - 3
  • @Minnesota United FC L 1 - 2
  • @Sporting Kansas City L 0 - 4
  • @Portland Timbers W 1 - 0
  • San Jose Earthquakes W 0 - 5
  • @LA Galaxy W 2 - 0
  • @Real Salt Lake W 5 - 0
  • Houston Dynamo D 1 - 1
W 100% L 0%
6 0
  • @Sporting Kansas City W 3 - 0
  • Colorado Rapids W 0 - 3
  • FC Dallas W 0 - 3
  • Colorado Rapids W 1 - 2
  • @FC Cincinnati W 1 - 0
  • Houston Dynamo D 2 - 2
  • Chicago Fire D 2 - 2
  • @Nashville SC D 0 - 0
  • FC Cincinnati W 0 - 2
  • Real Salt Lake D 0 - 0

Last Meetings

  • Colorado Rapids @ Minnesota United FC 0-3
  • Colorado Rapids @ Minnesota United FC 1-2
  • Minnesota United FC @ Colorado Rapids 2-2
  • Colorado Rapids @ Minnesota United FC 0-1
  • Minnesota United FC @ Colorado Rapids 0-1
  • Colorado Rapids @ Minnesota United FC 2-0
  • Minnesota United FC @ Colorado Rapids 2-3
  • Colorado Rapids @ Minnesota United FC 0-1
  • Minnesota United FC @ Colorado Rapids 2-2

Last Injuries

Minnesota United FC

Colorado Rapids

  • Shane O'Neill

    Concussion
    Out | out

  • Diego Rubio

    International Duty
    Probable | probable

  • Collen Warner

    Undisclosed
    Out | out

  • Kei Kamara

    International Duty
    Out | out