Despite each fielding three forwards and opening with an attacking mindset, Minnesota United FC and the San Antonio Scorpions are scoreless at halftime in the early game of NASL Week 9 action.
Each side has fared well on the rain-slicked field at the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine. United has seen a majority of possession in the middle third of the field, but both teams have threatened to score.
"It was kind of chunky for us and we couldn't get a rhythm,” said United head coach Manny Lagos. "San Antonio put three in the back and five in midfield and we had a hard time dealing with it."
The best home chance for United came in the 32nd minute on a free kick from Simone Bracalello. Calum Mallace stepped over the ball from 30 yards out, but it was Bracalello who got a powerful boot on the ball, his shot dipping dangerously under the bar, forcing Scorpions keeper Jeremy Vuolo to punch it over.
The Scorpions managed several attacking chances, their most dangerous coming in the 43rd minute as NASL leading goal scorer Hans Denissen blasted a volley from inside the United 18 that was corralled by Minnesota keeper Matt VanOekel .
Another dangerous look came in the 38th minute as striker Tomasz Zahorski found himself on a breakaway with an indecisive Matt VanOekel who remained in his net as Zahorski galloped into the 18, but Untied defender Connor Tobin tracked back excellently and executed a perfect sliding tackle clearing the ball from danger.
“I thought our guys dominated that half and we have to do a better job of taking our opportunities,” said Scorpions coach Alen Marcina. “We have to go out and get three points and that’s our goal.”
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