Frantz Pangop scored his first Loons goal and club captain Francisco Calvo got to face his former club as Minnesota United hosted Deportivo Saprissa in an international friendly at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday, a late goal from Carlos Villegas earning the Costa Rican visitors a 2-1 win.
Saprissa’s David Ramirez sidestepped Loons goalkeeper Matt Lampson and finished into an empty net for the opening goal against a reserve-heavy Minnesota lineup arrayed in a 3-5-2 formation. Pangop soon leveled the score with a low drive inside the right post, assisted by Mason Toye.
Villegas found the winner in the 85th minute, running on to a through ball and dispatching the chance just before rainstorms gave the participants a late dousing. The Loons return to league action with a visit from Real Salt Lake on Saturday (8 pm ET | Full TV and streaming info).
Minnesota United FC: GK Matt Lampson; D Carter Manley, Wyatt Omsberg, Francisco Calvo (Alexi Gomez 62’), Bertrand Owundi Eko’o, Eric Miller (Miguel Ibarra 62’); M Harrison Heath, Collin Martin (Collen Warner 76’), Maximiano; F Frantz Pangop, Mason Toye (Christian Ramirez 76’)
Unused Subs: GK Alex Kapp; D Tyrone Mears, Brent Kallman
Deportivo Saprissa: GK Alejandro Gomez; D Jaylon Hadden (Juan Gabriel Guzman 75’), Alexander Robinson, Jaikel Medina (Walter Cortes 67’), Adrian Chavez (Alejandro Cabral 46’); M Heiner Mora (Carlos Villegas 75’), Christian Martinez (Michael Barrantes 75’), Marvin Angulo (Mariano Torres 67’), Juan Bustos (Ricardo Blanco 67’); F David Ramirez (Randy Chirino 46’), Julen Cordero (Stewart Perez 67’)
Unused Subs: GK Kevin Briceno, Aaron Cruz