Minnesota United will contest their first MLS Western Conference final after making light work of Sporting Kansas City 3-0.
A three-goal first half, inspired by Kevin Molino’s brace, saw Minnesota past Sporting KC on Thursday and through to a showdown with defending champions Seattle Sounders.
Minnesota, who entered the league in 2017, have won their last three matches by 3-0 scorelines, equalling the longest streak of wins by three-plus goals in MLS history – regular season or play-offs.
Molino opened the scoring in the 27th minute after combining with Emanuel Reynoso before beating Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia.
Just gonna sneak right by ya! pic.twitter.com/lgXo7n0FFD
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) December 4, 2020
It was the Molino and Reynoso combination again eight minutes later – the former volleying home to double Minnesota’s advantage at Children’s Mercy Park.
Bakaye Dibassy made it 3-0 six minutes before half-time when he headed home an in-swinging corner from Reynoso.
Reynoso – the only player in the history of the MLS play-offs with multiple three-assist games – became the first player to record three assists in consecutive matches since Jaime Moreno in September 2004, per Opta.
3 – @MNUFC has won their last 3 matches by 3-0 scorelines, equaling the longest streak of wins by 3+ goals in @MLS history, regular season or #MLSCupPlayoffs (Red Bulls 2017 & 2012, Galaxy 2014). Irrepressible. pic.twitter.com/FFxHCxKOx3
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 4, 2020
Minnesota and Seattle will clash in the Conference final on Sunday.