Photo Essay: MNUFC vs. Toronto FC

by on 8 July 2018


MNUFC Captain, Francisco Calvo, makes his first appearance for the Loons sice competing for the Costa Rican national team at the 2018 Men’s World Cup. This was Calvo’s first game for the Loons since the May 26th bout against Montreal.

Ibson and Christian Ramirez look visibly frustrated after leaving Justin Morrow all alone in the box for an easy goal to cut the lead in half.

Darwin Quintero battles Toronto captain Michael Bradley to find some space in the midfield en route to his second goal of the night.

At this moment, I believe Darwin Quintero was the King of Minnesota after notching his second goal of the evening. On the 4th, it was all fireworks for Darwin!

Some diehard fans cheer on the Loons as they take one of their three corner kicks of the night. Many fans around the stadium were dressed for the holiday, but how many also dressed up their loons?!?

Superman can’t believe it as Darwin Quintero nets his third goal of the night for the first hat trick in MNUFC history after becoming a Major League Soccer franchise.

Ramirez gives the gift of a fan’s hat to Darwin Quintero after Quintero scored his third goal to complete his hat trick. This stems from the hockey tradition of throwing hats on the playing surface after a player nets his third goal. Unfortunately, this celebration also resulted in a yellow card for Quintero moments later.

Ramus Schüller comes off for the player everyone has been waiting to see back on the pitch in the 79th minute, Collin Martin. Martin came out as gay last week, becoming the only out male player in any of the five major sports leagues. Martin received the biggest standing ovation of the night.

The Loons ended up winning the game 4-3 prompting a sing-along of “Wonderwall.” Boy, every time I see a Loons’ win, I forget how much fun it is to sing with the other 20,000 Loons faithful.

Photo Credit: Ryan Kotajarvi

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