Recap: U.S. Open Cup Saint Louis FC vs. Minnesota United FC
In the third round of the US Open Cup, Saint Louis once again faced off against our old foes from the north, Minnesota United. The MLS-bound club was looking for revenge after they fell here last year.
The lineup that started the game looked to be the best that Schilly had available. Most encouragingly was that despite playing a better team, we did not start with an overly defensive lineup. It was clear that this was a game we were taking seriously and weren’t going to just sit back and take what the loons gave us.
For most of the game we managed to stay right with Minnesota. We struggled to find much in the final third, again. They knew we were looking to unleash Herrera and their two center backs played an excellent game keeping him in check. Our attack up the wings could have helped to free him up but this was inconsistent at best. Too many unforced errors meant that we could not get the fluidity we needed going forward to give Herrera the help he needed.
In the moments when we did get something going that looked promising we managed to get a foul called against us. Every time a Minnesota player hit the ground they got a whistle. And they hit the ground, a lot.
As bad as the officials were, they didn’t lose us the game. To beat Minnesota we needed to play a great game. To beat Minnesota and the officials we needed to play a perfect game. We played a good game. And while we were all disappointed with the loss, and with losing the opportunity to play Kansas City at home, we should take away some hope in how we played. We weren’t quite good enough on the night, but if we play that well week in and week out against USL competition, we should comfortably make the playoffs. -TR
photo by Mark Guthrel