It’s a cross… it’s a shot… it’s a goal!
Romain Métanire has been a revelation as right back this season. Not only does the defender do well to squash opposition attacking opportunities, but bombs forward consistently with aplomb.
Typically he delivers crosses into the area, but sometimes he hits a cross, or maybe a shot, that happens to crash off of the crossbar, upright, and go into the goal. Whether or not Métanire meant to or not, the fact is he got the game-winning goal on Saturday while giving left back DaMarcus Beasley (a favorite player of mine since his Chicago Fire playing days) a torrid time. It shows just how great the magnificent Malagasy player has been for the Loons.
In addition to the right back’s good play, Ethan Finlay (forever a fellow Wisconsin boy, in my mind, thanks to his move from Duluth to Marshfield, a city I played against in high school soccer. Sorry, Minnesotans. He’s ours) was a man on fire. He didn’t get his goal but had two great chances thanks to some thunderous, smart runs. He looks confident and strong after his knee injury kept him off the pitch for nearly a year.
Minnesota United currently sits fifth in the western conference of Major League Soccer, and continues its unbeaten streak at home in the newly opened Allianz Field.
Whether it was a shot or cross, United continues a fine run of form at home.