Minnesota United began the MLS season with a 3-2 victory away at Vancouver which was a thrilling victory. Both teams came out on attack and Vito Mannone had to be on his best to thwart some of Vancouver attacks.
Metanire was the least known of the additions but the right-back has started on the right foot at the club. He was signed from French side Stade Reims and at age 28 is in his peak and should be a lock for the position in the coming years. In his debut MLS game Metanire was influential with his running with the ball causing the opponents problems, while he also tracked back effectively to close down opponents attack.
Mannone after the match was impressed with the right-back’s performance insisting that he put in the maximum effort expected for the victory. The stopper was also surprised at how well he was able to cope with Vancouver’s pacey wingers.
The victory was an important one for Minnesota as they had not won away from home in a year. Having conceded early from a freekick to Vancouver. Minnesota rallied with forward Darwin Quintero having a hand in each of the three goals scored.
Quintero tied the game with a penalty in the first half before creating the second goal with a beautiful cross for Calvo to nod in. He also won the tackle that resulted in the third goal in the 70minute that sealed the game.
This season looks promising for Minnesota and with the new additions a play-off place could be on the horizon for the club.