INDIANAPOLIS – Minnesota United got goals from Kalif Alhassan, Justin Davis, and Juliano Vicentini and recorded its second victory in a row, 3-1 over Indy Eleven in North American Soccer League play on Saturday night.
United opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after midfielder Jamie Watson was taken down outside the Indy penalty area. Kalif Alhassan stepped up for the Loons and curled a shot into the top right corner for a 1-0 lead.
A late first-half injury forced Minnesota to bring in J.C. Banks at halftime for Watson, who injured his knee falling on the running track.
Sergio Pena tied the score for Indy Eleven in the 49th minute when he ran onto a Dylan Mares corner kick and scored past Sammy Ndjock inside the far post.
United reclaimed the lead a few minutes later, taking advantage of a lapse in Indy Eleven’s defense. Pablo Campos got open for a shot that forced Indy goalkeeper Keith Cardona into a diving save. The ball bounced off the gloves of Cardona, allowing United defender Justin Davis to knock home the rebound.
Juliano Vicentini was able to put the game away for Minnesota in the 83rd minute, tapping in a through ball from Christian Ramirez.