2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Angelo Rodríguez (82')

Rodriguez's late goal hands Minnesota first win in new home

Minnesota beat Rooney's D.C. for 1st Allianz Field win (1:57)

Angelo Rodriguez's late goal saw out a cagey win for Minnesota United against D.C. United and gave the Loons their first home win at Allianz Field. (1:57)

Angelo Rodriguez scored in the 82nd minute to lift host Minnesota United a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday afternoon and their first at the recently opened Allianz Field.

With defender Donovan Pines pressuring, Rodriguez's slight touch of Romain Metanire's cross beat goalkeeper Bill Hamid for his fourth goal of the season, matching his total from his MLS debut campaign last year.

It was also Metanire's fourth assist from his right back position as Minnesota (4-3-2, 14 points) finally got the victory at Allianz after previous draws against New York City FC and the LA Galaxy in the stadium's first two matches.

The Loons also preserved their second consecutive shutout, on a day goalkeeper Vito Mannone was required to make only one save.

D.C. (5-3-2, 17 points) believed it had scored only moments after that stop midway through the first half, when Pines rose to beat Mannone and head in what would've been his first professional goal.

But after viewing a replay, referee Nima Saghafi ruled D.C. defender Frederic Brillant had impeded Mannone, allowing Pines to head the ball unobstructed.

The loss was the first on the road this season for D.C., which opened the season 3-0-1 away from home, including a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night at Columbus.

D.C. perhaps shaded the first 45 minutes, but Minnesota was the more aggressive side in the second, though that only translated to occasional clear chances.

Hamid reacted well to deny Miguel Ibarra in the 59th minute, and then four minutes later Ibarra saw another promising chance blocked by Pines.

But then eight minutes from full time, Rodriguez made a near-post run and was rewarded with Metanire's early diagonal ball. While he failed to make clean contact with the ball, it was perhaps the unexpected lack of contact that wrong-footed Hamid as the ball bounded across the goal line.

It was Rodriguez's third goal in four games. And after scoring four times in 11 appearances in 2018 following his arrival last summer, he has equaled that total two games earlier this season.

Major League Soccer Standings

1 New York City FC 30 +19 57
2 Atlanta United FC 31 +16 54
3 Philadelphia Union 30 +12 52
4 Toronto FC 32 +4 46
5 DC United 31 +2 45
6 New York Red Bulls 31 +3 44
7 New England Revolution 31 -7 41
8 Chicago Fire 32 +5 38
9 Montreal Impact 32 -16 37
10 Orlando City SC 32 -5 36
11 Columbus Crew SC 32 -9 35
12 FC Cincinnati 32 -44 22

Major League Soccer Standings

1 LAFC 31 +44 65
2 Seattle Sounders FC 31 +3 50
3 LA Galaxy 31 +1 48
4 Minnesota United FC 30 +9 48
5 Real Salt Lake 31 +4 47
6 San Jose Earthquakes 31 +1 44
7 FC Dallas 31 +5 44
8 Portland Timbers 30 +1 43
9 Colorado Rapids 32 -6 39
10 Houston Dynamo 31 -9 37
11 Sporting Kansas City 31 -11 37
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 32 -22 31