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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Ike Opara (18', 70')
  • Hassani Dotson (23')
  • Ethan Finlay (30')
  • Angelo Rodríguez (43')
  • Mason Toye (75')
  • Kevin Molino (87')
  • Emmanuel Ledesma (56')

Minnesota overwhelm Cincy with 7-goal barrage

Minnesota United scored four goals in the first half, three in 12 minutes, to overwhelm undermanned FC Cincinnati 7-1 on Saturday in Saint Paul, Minn.

Ike Opara scored twice to help the Loons (7-7-3) break a three-game losing streak. His goal in the 18th minute for a 1-0 lead was the harbinger of things to come before a sellout crowd of 19,778 at Allianz Field.

Hassani Dotson (23rd minute), Ethan Finlay (30th) and Angelo Rodriguez (43rd) made it 4-0 as the Loons set the third-year team's record for goals in a first half.

Emmanuel Ledesma scored in the 56th for Cincinnati (3-13-2) before Opara (70th), Mason Toye (75th) and Kevin Molino (87th) made it the biggest margin of victory for Minnesota and the worst defeat for the expansion Cincinnati club.

Thanks to injuries, national team call-ups and a suspensions, Cincinnati dressed only 16 players, two under the maximum, and lost for the 12th time in 13 matches, including six in a row.

Opara put Minnesota ahead early off of a free kick. Jan Gregus whipped the ball to the near post where keeper Spencer Richey flubbed it and allowed the ball to roll to Okara for his second goal of the season.

Dotson made it 2-0 on a screamer from 25 yards when Cincinnati failed to close on him after a 40-yard run on the left side. He has two goals.

Cincinnati's defense faltered again at the half-hour mark. Defender Nick Hagglund made a mess of a lobbed ball, allowing Rodriguez to gather it and feed Darwin Quintero. His run into the box pulled Richey off the goal and a trailing Finlay took advantage for the pass from Quintero to add his second goal.

Rodriguez extended the lead to 4-0 with his fifth goal.

Gregus had three assists and Quintero two.

Minnesota, which is 4-1-3 in its first-year venue, hosts San Jose on Wednesday. Cincinnati returns home to play Houston on July 6.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34