Final kick of game pins draw on United

  • Article by: JON MARTHALER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 18, 2013 - 12:55 AM

The Rowdies’ Andres Arango turned a corner kick into a goal and savored that success against his former team.


Minnesota United has struggled this season with giving up late goals, and the team won’t give up a later goal than it did Saturday against Tampa Bay. Rowdies defender Andres Arango scored with the very last kick of the match, giving his team a 1-1 draw in a game that United had led since the 17th minute.

The goal came from a corner kick, and though Minnesota repelled the original chance, Arango headed the ball home after a scramble in the United penalty area, sending an announced crowd of 5,634 home disappointed.

Referee Daniel Radford awarded Tampa Bay a series of free kicks in the three minutes of time added to the second half, and called for the end of the game immediately following the goal — which came just into the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Neither the calls, nor the amount of time added, impressed Minnesota head coach Manny Lagos. “I felt like the end of the game was a little bit of drama created by the referee,” Lagos said. “I think he gave Tampa the opportunity to have a point. I think some of the calls were questionable, and I think the amount of time that he gave was also questionable. It’s not the referee’s job to create the drama.”

Arango, a former Minnesota player who had family and friends in attendance, said he’d never scored with the last kick of a match before. “Call it lucky or whatever, but it’s my old team. Kind of good to get one back,” he said.

United got an early 1-0 lead by catching the Tampa Bay defense napping. After a foul in the middle of the field, Simone Bracalello took the opportunity to take the ensuing free kick quickly — even as one Rowdies player was still arguing the call. Bracalello made a short pass to Michael Reed, who sprung Max Griffin loose on the left edge of the penalty area. Griffin beat keeper Diego Restrepo with his cross, and all Pablo Campos had to do was get a foot on the ball to score his sixth goal of the year.

“People in this league are always expecting me to shoot,” Bracalello said. “They think, ah, we will prepare the wall. They maybe don’t realize that we can play a short ball like that.“

Bracalello, like most of the United players and coaches, felt that Minnesota deserved a win.

“It’s really disappointing, because we were the better team,” he said. “They didn’t do anything. But we’ve got to close the match.”

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


New England 5:30 PM
Miami 83 FINAL
Boston 75
LA Lakers 73 4th Qtr 2:05
New York 90
Arizona 3 FINAL
Montreal 2
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Nashville 4 3rd Prd 7:33
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 0 2nd Prd 13:28
Vancouver 0
Miami-Florida 54 FINAL
Florida State 55
Oakland 96 FINAL
Youngstown St 80
Cincinnati 46 FINAL
East Carolina 50
Michigan 66 FINAL
Michigan State 76
Marist 75 FINAL
Canisius 67
Fordham 77 FINAL
Dayton 101
Manhattan 87 2nd Half 0:23
Monmouth 76
Quinnipiac 92 2nd OT
Niagara 92
Utah 56 2nd Half 5:12
USC 32
Connecticut 27 2nd Half 16:23
Houston 37
California 48 2nd Half 17:15
Washington 47
North Dakota St 49 2nd Half 11:59
Western Ill 44
Penn State 65 FINAL
(22) Rutgers 76
(14) Texas 59 FINAL
TCU 64
Coll of Charleston 49 FINAL
Towson 71
Cornell 53 FINAL
Yale 60
Xavier 68 FINAL
Providence 57
Drexel 61 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 44
Stony Brook 60 FINAL
New Hampshire 52
Maine 52 FINAL
Albany 44
Miami-Florida 66 FINAL
Pittsburgh 81
(21) Georgia 72 FINAL
(10) Kentucky 80
Arizona 69 FINAL
Colorado 81
Wake Forest 63 FINAL
(4) Notre Dame 92
Loyola-Chicago 56 FINAL
Illinois State 72
(24) Oklahoma 69 FINAL
West Virginia 78
St Johns 73 FINAL
Seton Hall 78
Delaware 73 FINAL
Hofstra 62
Binghamton 49 FINAL
UMass Lowell 66
Vermont 49 FINAL
Hartford 60
Boston College 60 FINAL
(16) North Carolina 72
Virginia 77 FINAL
Clemson 72
(2) Connecticut 83 FINAL
Temple 49
Arkansas 53 FINAL
Alabama 42
Virginia Tech 71 FINAL
Georgia Tech 79
Kansas 58 FINAL
(3) Baylor 66
Canisius 51 FINAL
Rider 52
Monmouth 52 FINAL
Fairfield 54
Quinnipiac 81 FINAL
Saint Peters 50
William & Mary 68 2nd OT 0:09
Northeastern 66
Butler 55 FINAL
Creighton 62
Wichita State 61 FINAL
Drake 64
Evansville 52 FINAL
Indiana State 67
(18) Miss State 44 2nd Half 14:46
(6) Tennessee 52
Villanova 27 2nd Half 14:13
DePaul 36
Georgetown 41 2nd Half 17:32
Marquette 42
North Texas 23 2nd Half 17:44
Rice 27
Auburn 25 2nd Half 15:39
(12) Texas A&M 44
(11) Arizona State 34 2nd Half 12:54
Utah 27
Missouri State 34 2nd Half 14:51
Northern Iowa 36
Michigan 35 2nd Half 15:50
(15) Nebraska 37
Minnesota 27 2nd Half 15:12
Northwestern 45
Wisconsin 39 2nd Half 16:32
Illinois 28
Bradley 27 2nd Half 16:57
Southern Ill 36
Florida 5 1st Half 15:43
Vanderbilt 6
(20) Iowa 11 1st Half 16:40
(5) Maryland 4
(1) South Carolina 3:30 PM
Ole Miss


question of the day

Poll: Who wins the Super Bowl?

Weekly Question





Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters