Minnesota United won its first match at the newly minted Allianz Field with a 1-0 victory over D.C. United Sunday afternoon. Angelo Rodriguez redirected a cross from Romaine Metanire with minutes remaining to clinch the three points.
D.C. appeared to take a lead after 20 minutes when Homegrown center back Donovan Pines skied to head in a cross from Wayne Rooney. However the goal was disallowed after Video Review determined that D.C. defender Frederic Brilliant impeded Minnesota goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
With both teams playing their third match of the week, neither could get enough quality in the final third and the match appeared headed to a scoreless draw. That changed in the 82nd minute.
Miguel Ibarra opened up the field with a pass out wide right to Metanire, who curled in a cross into the area. Rodriguez made the near-post run and got the slightest of touches to send the ball past Bill Hamid to the far side of the net for the winner.
- 82’ — MIN — Angelo Rodriguez | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: Don't look now but Minnesota posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since joining MLS, and have taken points in four of their last five games. D.C. may question the referee's decision to disallow Pines' first half goal - as well as how that ball found the back of the net. Still, it's only their first road loss of the season, now 3-1-1 away from home.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: You can watch the non-goal here, and it very could have been the Moment. But the one that counted gets the nod in front of the Wonderwall:
But today is your day, it's your day— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) April 28, 2019
And no matter what they say, it's your day pic.twitter.com/a2v5AklqiA
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Metanire had a solid game getting down the right side, and his cross (was it his goal?) resulted in the game-winner.