CITY SC takes first loss of season against Minnesota United FC
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Minnesota United FC ended CITY SC’s undefeated streak on Sunday night with 1-0 win in week six of the MLS season at CITYPARK.
Minnesota took the lead against CITY SC at minute 77 with a penalty kick, and this would be the only shot for either team to meet the back of the net.
The match was scoreless going into halftime, but it wasn’t for lack of trying by CITY SC. By halftime, CITY had nine shots on goal, several going just above the crossbar. Minnesota United FC had four shots on goal in the first half.
At minute 54 in the second half, CITY got themselves in trouble as a Minnesota attacker got past goalkeeper Bürki’s slide tackle. CITY lucked out when the shot hit the post, rolled off of defender Tim Parker’s chest, and finally went out of bounds by a wide shot from Minnesota.
St. Louis CITY SC will kick off their sixth match of the season when they face Minnesota United FC at CITYPARK tonight at 7:30 p.m.
CITY looks to expand their winning streak to six straight wins to go 6-0-0 during their inaugural season.
CITY has exploded onto the scene in an inaugural season where many people doubted them. They made history when they won their first four games this season, being the only expansion team to do so. Now, they are in league with 2012 Sporting KC with five straight wins in the first five games of the season for any team in MLS history in the post-shootout era.
As CITY leads the Western Conference in MLS, a few players on the team have made themselves stand out. One stand-out player is CITY goalkeeper and team captain Roman Bürki whose incredible save before the start of halftime against Salt Lake turned the tide of the game and gave Bürki his second clean sheet of the season. João Klauss has also made himself a name in St. Louis by having a goal or an assist in every matchday this season. Klauss has scored five times this season, which trails behind Seattle’s Jordan Morris with seven goals this season.
CITY has made themselves at home in the Lou, and fans continue to support them. Today, during the CITY Block Party they host before home games, CITY sold “Ravoili Boyz” merch and changed their Twitter bio to include “Toasted Ravioli Capital of America”, to celebrate the famous St. Louis food. A portion of the proceeds on the Ravioli Boyz merchandise will benefit Operation Food Search.
Even Minnesota got into the ravioli fun on Twitter before the game started.
St. Louis’ starting 11 for tonight’s match is Roman Bürki, Jake Nerwinski, Tim Parker, Kyle Hiebert, John Nelson, Indiana Vassilev, Eduard Löwen, Tomás Ostrák, Jared Stroud, Niko Gioacchini and João Klauss.
Up next, CITY SC heads to Seattle for its first match against Sounders FC. This will be a huge indication of where St. Louis stands thus far given Seattle is the only other team in the Western Conference to have at least four wins. Kick-off is set for 9:30 p.m. at Lumen Field. For more information on St. Louis CITY SC, check out our guide to the 2023 season.
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