MLS week 7

The Allianz Field was inaugurated on Saturday, April 13th for the MLS match Minnesota United FC against New York City FC. The night was full of emotions for fans as they see their team entering for the first in the new $250m stadia. 

The first 35 minutes were of another world with 5 goals and two comebacks. Minnesota led early on but the New Yorkers would strike twice to take the lead. Minnesota would then comeback and score tow goals to take the lead at the break 3-2. Unfortunately for the home fans, the visitors would spoil the party with an equalizer in the second half to finish a wild first match at the Allianz Field, 3-3.

Coach Heath on the result:

“The game was too open for my liking. We gave away three poor goals. They didn’t have to work hard enough for the goals. So, for us to come out of the game with something, I’m pleased for that. Last week going to the Red Bulls, if we would have said we’d get four points over the next two games, we would have probably it.

But obviously today, we wanted it to be a special day for everybody. It’s been a great day, and pretty much relieved it’s out of the way now and we can concentrate on just doing what we do, which is playing football and not doing an interview every 20 minutes about the stadium. I’m glad that it’s all over. I’m glad that we didn’t lose. I thought our supporters were magnificent. I thought the noise in the stadium was incredible. And it bows for better times ahead I think.

Now, as I said, the game was too open. It was too end to end. It was like the feeling of a playoff game when somebody had to win at the day. As I said to the boys at halftime, yeah, we want to go and win the game, but don’t let charging around the field, trying to win it and then lose the game. That was the message.

Towards the end, we got some momentum and I thought we were actually going to knick it. But, you know, with the quality that they have on the break, I was always mindful that we were taking chances with the amount of bodies that were in the box.”