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Minnesota United FC 1, Columbus Crew SC 0 | 2019 MLS Match Recap

Ethan Finlay got his wish.

The Minnesota United winger burned his former club on Saturday night, scoring the game-winner in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC at a chilly but raucous Allianz Field. 

A few days after admitting that "I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't want to beat up on them pretty bad," Finlay was the man on the spot at the far post when his fellow Minnesota native Brent Kallman leaped headlong to head a Romain Metanire delivery across the face of goal for an empty-net finish in the 70th minute. 

It was the decisive moment in a match brimming with intensity but short on finishing, with each side entering the night with only one win in their past month's slate.

Goals

  • 70' – MIN – Ethan Finlay | WATCH

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: This one had the crisp, edgy feel of a playoff game, while also showcasing the attacking concerns that could jeopardize both sides' postseason prospects. Slumping Crew SC have now scored just 12 goals across their 14 matches, the third-lowest total in the league, and have netted just five times during their current 1-7 skid.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: When Kallman and Finlay linked up, both euphoria and relief washed across Allianz Field...
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: No surprises here. Ethan Finlay earns the nod not only for his goal but his work rate and intensity along the Loons' right flank.

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