In most other sporting situations a draw would be considered a disappointing result, but it must have felt pretty close to victory for Minnesota United Saturday night.
After 5-1 and 6-1 drubbings in their first two MLS games, the Loons returned from Colorado with pride and a point after a 2-2 draw against the Rapids.
Eight minutes after Kevin Molino’s equalizer from the penalty spot, striker Christian Ramirez gave United the lead with a header past former Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Here’s the moment that Minnesota led in an MLS game for the first time.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 19, 2017
A swift goal from Colorado restored parity, and then a red card for fullback Justin Davis put the Loons down to 10 men and clinging on as the Rapids pushed for a winner.
It failed to materialize, meaning United made history by recording its first ever MLS point.
“I can’t praise the players enough for their attitude,” Head Coach Adrian Heath said. “They dug in and so for us to get our first MLS point, our players can be really pleased with their efforts. I actually thought the first half, until we gave them that goal, we started quite well, I thought we always looked dangerous on the break, all evening.”
United’s next game will be next Saturday against the New England Revolution in Massachusetts.
No doughnuts this year…
We're coming home with a point!
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) March 19, 2017