The breakthrough came almost immediately after halftime, as Darwin Quintero smashed home a penalty kick in the 49th minute, awarded after head referee Marcos de Oliveira consulted video assistant review. He judged that San Jose left back Marcos Lopez flung his left arm at an overhead flick from Miguel Ibarra.
Carrying momentum, Quintero drove a counter attack forward in the 52nd minute, slipping Miguel Ibarra through on the right side. The winger cut back onto his left foot, bending a strike past the outstretched arms of San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega.
In what was San Jose’s second straight loss under new head coach Matias Almeyda, veteran striker Chris Wondolowski nearly bagged a monumental goal. In the 41st minute, he turned a Cristian Espinoza cross onto the post, coming inches from matching Landon Donovan’s all-time record for career regular season goals in MLS (145).
- 49' – MIN – Darwin Quintero (PK) | WATCH
- 52' – MIN – Miguel Ibarra | WATCH
- 75' – MIN – Harold Cummings (OG) | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: Minnesota has five straight road games to open the 2019 season before Allianz Field field opens April 13 against New York City FC. For a club that went 1-14-2 away from the Twin Cities last year, such a spell might seem ominous. So far, it's been anything but for head coach Adrian Heath's team, securing six points from a possible six.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: If San Jose were to claw back into the contest, they needed to put Quintero's penalty kick in the rearview mirror. Rather, Miguel Ibarra's quick footwork and cushioned finish created a two-goal cushion and deflated San Jose right after halftime.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: For the second straight match, Darwin Quintero was at the heart of almost every Minnesota attacking move. In banging home his penalty kick and setting up Miguel Ibarra's curler, the Colombian playmaker now has two goals and three assists on the year.
I'll take GOATS that start with the letter Q for 200, Alex pic.twitter.com/JNoJvJzKRf— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) March 10, 2019