Minnesota United eliminated from playoff contention with 5-1 loss to Philadelphia
CHESTER, PA. - A week ago, after a win at home against NYCFC, Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller said the Loons were still pressing forward with their eyes on the playoffs until the math said otherwise.
But the odds were way too long, and it was a matter of minutes Saturday night before the equation worked itself out.
The Loons, for much of their match with the Philadelphia Union, played like a team that knew its season was ending in a matter of weeks when the regular season wraps up. The Union led 3-0 before 23 minutes went by and officially buried Uniteds playoff hopes with a 5-1 defeat, the most goals Minnesota allowed in a game all season.
The Union, which clinched a playoff berth with the result, started its rout with Cory Burkes 8th minute tally. Burke out-muscled United defender Michael Boxall at the top of the box and then beat Bobby Shuttleworth with a clean shot.
Union captain Alejandro Bedoya found space in the box to redirect a ball by Shuttleworth less than 10 minutes later. And by the 23rd minute, Fabrice-Jean Picault made a run past Jerome Thiesson to make it 3-0. That goal had United captain Francisco Calvo animated as the Loons came together 15 yards from the box before play resumed.
Schuller had a chance to cut into the lead in the 43rd minute, but Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made a crucial save. Seconds later, with play going the other way, Picault got the ball with space in the box and made it 4-0 before half.
United got its lone goal from Darwin Quintero in the 54th minute.
The Union made it 5-1 with an Ilsinho strike from outside the box that Shuttleworth never had a chance on.
The Loons, who fell to 1-13-2 away from TCF Bank Stadium, play at home next Saturday in a 1 p.m. kickoff with Colorado. The season finishes with another home game October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy and a road match October 28 in Columbus, Ohio.