Minnesota United FC vs LAFC – Football Game Report – October 23, 2021



Cristian Arango continued his solid game with a first-half goal as LAFC and Minnesota United tied 1-1 on Saturday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

It was Arango’s 12th goal in 14 games since joining LAFC (11-12-8, 41 points) in early August. He has six in his last three matches.

Osvaldo Alonso scored his first goal of the season for Minnesota United (12-10-9, 45 points).

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LAFC was without 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela (quadriceps) for the 11th game in a row.

Minnesota United had an 18-6 lead in shots and had seven against LAFC’s four.

Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman made six saves as LAFC extended their unbeaten streak to four (2-0-2). The club entered the game in ninth place in the Western Conference and are trying to make a late move.

Goalkeeper Tyler Miller made three saves for Minnesota United, which is 2-0-1 in its last three games. The team was in sixth place at the start of the day.

Minnesota United tied the score in the 65th minute when Alonso scored on a rebound.

Emanuel Reynoso lined up a free kick and his left-footed shot was saved by Blackburn. But the rebound bounced straight off Alonso, who sent a right-footed shot into the net.

Minnesota United had a solid chance to take the lead in the 77th, but Blackman made a save on a Franco Fragapane right-footed shot.

Minnesota United dominated the flow in the first half but found themselves lagging behind at the break.

Arango did the honors for LAFC by hitting a free kick through the wall and heading straight for Miller.

But the ball slipped through Miller’s hands and crossed his legs as Arango shifted from feeling disappointed to expressing elation.

One of Minnesota’s best first-half chances came in the fifth minute when Robin Lod barged in and received a pass to the left foot from Fragapane. But Lod sent the shot right off the left post.

LAFC had the opportunity to make it 2-0 in the ninth minute of the first half timeout. Brian Rodriguez handed Arango a cross but his right-footed shot from close range was saved by Miller.


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