Will Moore and Chen Yifu’s 1st goals for the club were enough for FC Minneapolis to earn a draw in their second exhibition game of the season In Maplewood.
In a low-key first half, the Hazzelwood park boys took a 24th-minute lead when Henry met Ali Saifleh’s cross with a firm shot and directed it beyond Bill Trethaway.
It was the striker’s first goal in his first meeting with FC Minneapolis. Shortly after that, Daudley Mumbo who also happened to be playing his first game with the club curled in a well powered cross that was converted by Bill Moore to equalize in the 44th minute.
FC Minneapolis took the second half lead when Chen Yifu received a good through ball from Angel Morocho and quietly placed it in the far right corner in the 63rd minute.
The hosts came back in the 74th minute scoring an equalizer which was to lead the game into a well-balanced draw.
There was an unmistakable end-of-game feeling to proceedings, although whenever the visitors upped the tempo they looked dangerous.
Indeed, Ian Sendi came close to extending their score with a low shot that was pushed around the post by the home team goalie.
Chances remained at a premium after the 80th minute until toward the end of the half when Ian Sendi again excellently controlled Daudley's cross before he was taken down by the Hazzelwood defender in the penalty area.
FC Minneapolis had a chance to lead the game once again only to be surprised by the referee's decision to deny Ian Sendi's penalty.
They could not add to the score line, but they performed tremendously well as they claimed their first draw and maintained momentum ahead of their home league game on May 11.
It was a job well done, and a good way to start a highly-encouraging season. Next Stop is St Louis Park HS Stadium, and then McMurray Fields. Bring it on.
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