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On this day 2019: Minnesota United get first win at Allianz Field

On this day in 2019, Minnesota United picked up their first-ever victory at its new home stadium of Allianz Field, topping D.C. United 1-0 thanks to a game-winning goal in the 82nd minute from Angelo Rodriguez. 

Minnesota had played two games at the state-of-the-art new venue to that point and drew them both — first in a wild 3-3 result against New York City FC and then a tough match against the LA Galaxy two weeks later that ended 0-0.

Looking to give their fans a first victory, the Loons found themselves in another scoreless deadlock with D.C. until Rodriguez's late winner, which came off a perfectly placed cross from Romain Metanire that the Colombian striker redirected into the net, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

It was a milestone moment in the history of Allianz, which has fast become one of the league's most hostile venues for opposing teams. The Loons would go onto to embark on their most successful season as an MLS franchise, finishing fourth in the Western Conference at 15-11-8  and qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time.

The result, of course, also marked the first time Loons fans got to perform one of the league's coolest postgame traditions as the supporters belted out "Wonderwall" — a post-victory custom carried over from the club's days in the NASL.