Minnesota United came from behind twice to earn a crucial road point against LA Galaxy to kick off its long road trip. Here are five key stats that helped the Loons pick up the result on the road.
38 Passes from Ibson
For the better part of four seasons, Ibson has been a key player in transition for the Loons and Saturday night was no exception. The Brazilian midfielder moved the ball around quite a bit in the Galaxy half with 28 passes in enemy territory, including a through ball that would set up Romario Ibarra’s equalizer late in the game.
9 Quintero Assists
With his helper on the opening goal for MNUFC, Darwin Quintero now has nine assists on the year, tying him with Kevin Molino for the club’s single-season record. In just 19 appearances, he has contributed to 19 goals with either the finish or the assist and is currently on a six-game point streak.
8 Clearances by Boxall
Relieving the pressure, even for just a moment, helped the defense regain its composure and reset as the Loons held off the Galaxy late in the game. Defender Michael Boxall was able to help out a lot on Saturday night, making a quarter of the Loons’ clearances. Along with some key interceptions and tackles, the New Zealand international was critical to locking up a point on the road.
6 Games with a Goal
MNUFC keeps finding the back of the next, extending its scoring run to six games on Saturday night. The Loons have scored at least one goal in each game since July 14, making this the longest scoring streak since making the jump to MLS. The team has earned 10 points in this stretch, with 15 goals scored.
2 First MLS Goals
Two Loons opened their MLS goal accounts against the Galaxy as Boxall and Ibarra got their names in the box score. The opener from Boxall was his first-ever MLS point in four seasons, going back to his debut with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011. Ibarra took a bit less time to get his first goal, making his third appearance for the Loons on Saturday night.