A goal from midfielder Calum Mallace has given Minnesota United FC a 1-0 lead against host FC Edmonton after 45 minutes at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta – Canada on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams looked to be up for a battle early on as three points were almost a must after the results from Saturday evening in the NASL.
Eddies midfielder Massimo Mirabelli had an opportunity when he brought the ball into the middle and unleashed a shot but the winger missed the far post.
Minnesota had a chance off a corner when the ball seemed to bounce around the box for a few seconds but goalkeeper Lance Parker was able to smother it before any damage was done.
Forward Simone Bracalello put a cross into the box minutes later but once again, there was no United player in the box to receive it and the ball rolled harmlessly through the 18.
One of the league’s most dangerous strikers, Pablo Campos, started for United and the big man had several chances in the first half but Eddies defender David Proctor covered him masterfully and was able to hold him off the score sheet.
Forward Mike Ambersley found the ball on his foot in the 18-yard box after a three-on-two developed for Minnesota but Parker got low and stopped the midfielder’s strike.
Mirabelli had a second strike in the 36th minute but this one sailed over the crossbar.
In the 37th minute United took the lead when midfielder Calum Mallace brought the ball down off a Proctor clearance and hit a volley from 25 yards out that found the bottom corner of the net.
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