Emanuel Reynoso scored a brace and Dayne St. Clair made five saves for his eighth clean sheet of the season as Minnesota United cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.
The two goals moved Reynoso into a tie with Darwin Quintero for most goals (27) in all competitions during the club’s MLS era (since 2017). Teemu Pukki also scored for Minnesota United (9-8-8, 35 points), which won for just the third time in 12 home matches this season.
Marko Ilic finished with four saves for Colorado (3-12-10, 19 points), which extended its winless streak to four matches (0-2-2).
The Loons took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on Reynoso’s left-footed penalty kick into the left corner of the net. Reynoso set up the score when he nutmegged midfielder Ralph Priso and then was dragged down by Priso just inside the left edge of the box for a penalty.
Reynoso made it 2-0 in the 28th minute with his sixth goal of the season. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi set up the score with a hard left-footed shot from outside the right side of the box that Ilic knocked away. However, Reynoso pounced on the rebound and easily tapped it inside the left post.
Colorado’s best scoring chance of the half came in the 38th minute when Andrew Gutman drove to left side of the 6-yard box and fired a sharp-angle, left-footed shot toward the middle of the goal that St. Clair batted away.
Pukki then made it 3-0 five minutes later with his second goal of the season and first in front of the home crowd. The Finnish international took a through pass from Tajouri-Shradi at the top of the box and calmly slid a right-footed shot under Ilic.
Reynoso nearly got a hat trick in the 67th minute when he attempted an open left-footed shot from the top of the box that curled just wide of the right post.
–Field Level Media