Schoenfeld’s strike came in the 92nd minute to break a scoreless deadlock, as the striker cleaned up a scramble from a corner-kick that Cincinnati protested strongly should not have been awarded in the first place. Michael Boxall headed the original in-swinger off the post, then the rebound was dispatched between Spencer Richey’s legs.
Before the late goal, clear-cut chances were few and far between at Nippert Stadium, though Minnesota midfielder Kevin Molino came close in the 36th minute. He was played through by Robin Lod and was denied by a sprawling Richey as the goalkeeper rushed off his line.
Minnesota also nearly found the breakthrough in the 57th minute through Jan Gregus, only for his open look to be denied by a last-ditch block from Andrew Gutman. The DP midfielder recently returned from international duty with Slovakia.
It was a gritty performance from FC Cincinnati, but they remain bottom of the Eastern Conference standings after their 12th loss of the year. They logged only two shots on target and rarely threatened Minnesota goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.
- 90'+2' – MIN – Aaron Schoenfeld | WATCH
MAN OF THE MATCH
: It has to be Aaron Schoenfeld for the late game-winner. It was the former
Columbus Crew SC
striker’s first MLS goal since Oct. 25, 2015, too.