Minnesota United 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 | 2019 MLS Match Recap
The Whitecaps, near the bottom of the Western Conference facing a playoff contender on the road, survived a first half dominated in possession by the Loons, then picked things up on offense in the second half enough to frustrate the home side front of a sellout crowd.
Minnesota United forced 38 clearances from the Whitecaps' defense, which survived several near misses in the first half and late in the match. The Loons couldn't finish quality chances in the first 45 minutes, and were unable to do anything with the opportunities they had in the second 45.
The Whitecaps lost defender Doneil Henry in the 13th minute to an injury substitution after Henry took a knee to his back early in the game and then pulled up running back on defense. With their defense dug in trying to keep the Loons' attack at bay, Vancouver's best scoring chance of the first half was a bad clearance attempt from Minnesota United's Angelo Rodriguez that hit the woodwork above the net.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Minnesota United drop two big points at home, and to top off a head-scratcher of a night, leading scorer Darwin Quintero was booked for unsporting behavior in the 67th minute and will miss the Loons' next match — against the surging Portland Timbers — due to yellow card accumulation. The Whitecaps certainly will have a shot at three points next weekend in Cincinnati, one of only two teams with fewer points than Vancouver.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Somehow, the Whitecaps survived a flurry of activity in front of their goal, in particular this moment of the first half, that could have changed how the much would play out.
and this is why... pic.twitter.com/lFJLkeN5s9— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) July 28, 2019
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Yordy Reyna stepped up his play in the second half for Vancouver, but Vito Mannone earned his seventh clean sheet of the season and earned his money with five saves.