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DC United continues surge with win over Minnesota

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The playoff push is real in the nation’s capital.

D.C. United continued its late-season charge towards the postseason with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Minnesota United at home, pushing them two points below the cutoff line with a game in hand over the Montreal Impact above them.

The hosts nearly struck first before the break, but Wayne Rooney‘s right-footed curler was acrobatically saved by a diving Bobby Shuttleworth who laid out to his right. Angelo Rodriguez then scored just two minutes after halftime to put Minnesota United up. The Colombian struck from a tight angle on the left after his initial cross was blocked by Kofi Opare and fell right back into his lap.

Then, the comeback was on. Ulises Segura was first to strike just past the hour mark, with strong hold-up play at the penalty spot leading to a turn-and-shoot that Shuttleworth reacted far to late on. Then, just four minutes later, Darren Mattocks came streaking in to cap off a broken transition attack, tapping in Joseph Mora’s cross under sliding pressure from Brent Kallman.

D.C. ended with 61% possession and a 7-4 advantage in shots on target. With the win, United has taken seven points over its last three games, and has six wins to just two losses since July 28th.

LAFC acquires Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles FC has acquired goal-scoring forward Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United FC.

LAFC traded $550,000 in cash Monday night in a deal that includes a potential $200,000 more depending on future performances by Ramirez, the leading goal-scorer in Minnesota United’s franchise history.

Ramirez is a native of Garden Grove, California, who has been with Minnesota for five seasons. He stuck with the club during its rise from the NASL to MLS, and he scored the Loons’ first MLS goal last season before finishing the season as its leading goal-scorer.

Ramirez had an early-season slump this year, but was still Minnesota’s second-leading goal-scorer. He got two goals in the Loons’ rout of LAFC last month, and he had three goals in three games before getting benched last weekend.

Adams, Quintero take Zlatan, Villa places on MLS All Stars

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Darwin Quintero and Tyler Adams have been added to the MLS All Stars roster for Wednesday’s match against Juventus.

Spots became available when Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the LA Galaxy and David Villa of New York City FC opted out of the contest.

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Both players have been suspended for missing the game. Though NYCFC says Villa is missing for an injury, that doesn’t matter according to MLS rules.

Quintero has nine goals and seven assists in 17 matches for Minnesota United. The 30-year-old Colombian has six goals and five assists in his last half-dozen games.

Adams, just 19, has already appeared in 60 MLS matches for the New York Red Bulls and is widely considered one of the best league-produced prospects in history.

Adams also gives the United States a seventh player on the All Star roster.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Minnesota United’s Collin Martin becomes second openly gay MLS player

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Coinciding with LGBT pride month celebrations across the world, Minnesota United’s Collin Martin made a big announcement that could have positive ramifications across all sports.

In a message posted across his social media platforms, the 23-year-old publicly came out as gay, becoming just the second player in MLS history to do so, following former U.S. Men’s National Team winger Robbie Rogers. Since Rogers retired after last season, Martin is the only publicly gay player in the league.

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The announcement comes ahead of Minnesota United celebrating “pride night” in its home match on Friday against FC Dallas.

Since the announcement, Martin has received nothing but praise and support online from fans and teammates alike.