So Long and Thanks for all the Lake Monsters, Nessie…
I won’t belabor the game. It was a typical 2016 Minnesota United FC game, with too little effort, too late, players playing out of position, and a defensive miscue that proved the difference.
The first half was a tense affair, with Sammy Ndjock keeping New York Cosmos out of the back of the net. Minnesota had too many long crosses miss their mark. It was the story of their season really, never quite putting it all together in the offensive third.
New York went up on a header early in the second half. First time starter for the New York Cosmos Eric Calvillo was wide open on the back post. Justin Davis had stepped up to cover the top of the box and Brent Kallman had pinched in towards the ball. Kevin Venegas gave a bit of space to the New York player crossing the ball in, who picked out Calvillo perfectly.
The players acquitted themselves well in the second half once New York went up. While New York parked the bus, Minnesota went on the offensive, trying to find two goals in the final 30 minutes. Time after time they threw men forward, but nothing got by the New York defense nor their goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer.
While a goal would have been nice, it wasn’t to be. Minnesota United FC’s last NASL game at the National Sports Center ended 1-0 in favor of the visitors.
Share your misty eyed memories of this season, NASL, the old NSC below. I’ll be watching the following video on repeat, trying not to cry.
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) October 30, 2016
The next time we’ll see a player step on a field with a Loon on his shirt he’ll be playing for an MLS side.