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NASL Fulltime Recap Minnesota United FC 5 : 1 Indy Eleven

August 17, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



BLAINE, Minn. (Saturday, August 16, 2014) – Minnesota United (5W-1T-0L, 16 pts. in
NASL Fall Season) put on a commanding display to achieve 5-1 victory over visiting
Indy Eleven (2-4-1, 7 pts.) at the National Sports Center Stadium. League leading
scorer Christian Ramirez brought his total to 12 for the season, with Aaron
Pitchkolan, Daniel Mendes, and Jamie Watson also scoring for Minnesota before Indy
Eleven midfielder Kleberson would get one back for the visitors after the result was
long decided.

The Eleven dominated the opening minutes of the game with high pressure and
possession in Minnesota's half. Several free kicks from outside the United box for
Kléberson threatened keeper Matt VanOekel, but the Minnesota goalkeeper and his
defense were able to handle the pressure.

United opened the scoring in the 25^th minute with a pass from Ramirez to Watson,
who fired from outside the box, his shot striking an Indy defender. Players appealed
for a hand ball, and in the confusion an opportunity opened for Pitchkolan to take a
shot. The Minnesota captain buried the chance, beating the helpless Indy ‘keeper
Kristian Nicht and giving Minnesota the 1-0 lead.

Ramirez doubled United's lead in the 37^th with a strike that will be a contender
for Play of the Week – if not Play of the Year. Justin Davis put a lofted ball into
the box that Ramirez chested up in the air. The United striker finished the chance
with a bicycle kick from 16 yards that found the left corner of the net, making it
2-0.

Much like in the spring encounter between the two sides, United got its third goal
in first half stoppage time to take the wind out of the visitors’ sails. Davis took
a free kick that Ramirez flicked on past the Indy defense to find teammate Mendes,
who perfectly timed his run. Mendes chipped Nicht with his first touch, putting the
home side up by three as time expired.

The second half looked like a similar start to the first with the Eleven getting
most of the early chances. However, Minnesota got its breakthrough just eight
minutes into the half. Kevin Venegas found fellow midfielder Watson in the middle of
the field with a precise pass. Watson dribbled past a defender and Nicht and passed
the ball 18 yards into the back of the net. The goal put United up 4-0 and was
Watson's first on the year.

Five minutes later Ramirez got his 12^th of the year with a long range shot from the
right side of the pitch. Miguel Ibarra tried a pass toward the corner flag, but the
ball struck a defender's leg and was directed straight to Ramirez. The young forward
took a touch, then placed a dipping shot over the head of Nicht that landed
perfectly in the far back corner of the net.

Indy would not go quietly though, as former World Cup Champion Kléberson got the
Eleven's lone goal. The Brazilian midfielder received the ball 30 yards from goal
and saw an opening in the defense. Kléberson fired a laser-like shot, not seen by
United keeper Matt VanOekel, which dipped into the upper left corner of the net
making it 5-1 late in the second half.

After dropping two straight road games to the Fall Season’s top two squads during
consecutive weekends, Indy Eleven will look forward to returning to its home of
Michael A. Carroll Stadium next Saturday, August 23, when the Hoosier State squad
will host expansion “Class of 2014” mate Ottawa Fury FC for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff
(live on MyINDY-TV 23 and NASLLive.com). Limited tickets for the match still remain
and are available at IndyEleven.com
(http://indyeleven.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6c5dde90914c6c6761fac1795&id=4daed05da2&e=52c3d60721)
, including special $25 packages that include a game ticket and a pass to the team’s
“Craft Brew Night presented by Kroger” pregame event beginning at 5:30 p.m.


NASL Fall Season Week 6 – Fulltime Recap
Minnesota United FC  5 : 1  Indy Eleven
National Sports Center Stadium – Blaine, Minn.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Attendance: 5,420

1              2              FT
Minnesota United FC           3              2              5
Indy Eleven                           0              1              1

Scoring Summary:
MNU – Aaron Pitchkolan (unassisted) 25’
MNU – Christian Ramirez (Justin Davis) 37’
MNU – Daniel Mendes (Christian Ramirez) 45+2’
MNU – Jamie Watson (Kevin Venegas) 53’
MNU – Christian Ramirez (Miguel Ibarra) 58’
IND – Kleberson (Mike Ambersley) 71’

Discipline Summary:
MNU – Tiago (caution) 52’
IND – Kyle Hyland (caution) 64’

Statistics                   MNU     IND
Shots                            10        15
Shots on Goal               7          5
Fouls                            11         8
Corners                         4          6
Saves                            4          2
Offside                          1          4
Possession %              51         49

Line-ups:

Indy Eleven (4-5-1) – Kristian Nicht (c); Erick Norales, Fejiro Okiomah (Dylan Mares
58’), Jaime Frias, Kyle Hyland (Chris Estridge 67’); Don Smart, Sergio Peña,
Kléberson, Victor Pineda (A.J. Corrado 58’), Blake Smith; Mike Ambersley

Unused Substitutes: Jon Dawson (GK), Nathan Sprenkel (GK), Corby Moore, Andrew Stone
Head Coach: Juergen Sommer

Minnesota United FC (4-5-1) – Matt VanOekel; Justin Davis, Tiago Calvano (Greg
Jordan 65’), Cristiano Dias, Kevin Venegas; Aaron Pitchkolan (c), Floyd Franks
(Michael Reed 61’), Jamie Watson, Daniel Mendes (Omar Daley 68’), Miguel Ibarra;
Christian Ramirez

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Fontein; Brian Kallman; Pedro Mendes, Simone Bracalello
Head Coach: Manny Lagos

Officials: Referee- Nima Saghafi; Assistant Referees- Tyler Dalsin, Bryce Bockin;
Fourth Official- Jeremy Uecker

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