Recap: Minnesota United 2, San Jose Earthquakes 2
Brent Kallman and Ramon Abila scored back-to-back goals for the Loons to give the hosts the advantage after Cowell’s opener, but Minnesota failed to see the three-point result as Kikanovic stunned a boisterous crowd at Allianz with the late leveler.
The Quakes got the upper hand just 15 minutes into the game when Cristian Espinoza won the ball from Minnesota’s Bakaye Dibassy down the right flank and charged into the box. The Argentine then found Cowell alert with a cross as Minnesota goalie Tyler Miller charged up his line, putting the 17-year-old in an open net.
San Jose managed to withstand a flurry of pressure from the hosts the day after Game 1, but eventually broke just at halftime as Minnesota tied through Kallman. The center-back beefed up a shot into the net from a difficult angle after a corner from Emanuel Reynoso was deflected to new signatory Franco Fragapane, who made an athletic gesture to provide help with a kick to the -above.
With a pair of substitutions made by coach Adrian Heath at half-time, the Loons came out of the fire to start the second half, almost gaining the advantage with another flurry of chances just after the restart. The first came from a laser shot that was framed by Abila, but saved by San Jose goalie JT Marcincowksi. Fragapane then narrowly missed just after that with a point blank shot which he pushed back from the post.
However, Minnesota got the nod after Chase Gasper won a penalty in the 67th minute. Referee Michael Radchuk awarded the kick to the defenseman on Video Review after it was ruled that Judson had fouled him in the San Jose area. This set up Abila with a spot look, who was initially stuffed by Marcincowksi but conceded by the Argentina striker on the rebound.
That lead would last until the 82nd minute, when Kikanovic struck for a clutch equalizer with his first MLS goal. The 21-year-old took a feed from Shea Salinas and beat Miller with a scorching finish from inside the zone, sealing the 2-2 score that would hold in the final, as Hassani Dotson of Minnesota saw one final opportunity to get away. the line of Paul Marie.