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Minnesota United roughs up Everton 4-0 in international friendly

Loons coach Adrian Heath played for Everton in 1980s.

MLS: USA Tour-Everton at Minnesota United
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10) celebrates his penalty kick goal against Everton with midfielder Franco Fragapane (7), forward Luis Amarilla (9) and midfielder Joseph Rosales (8) in the first half Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Allianz Field in St. Paul.
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ST. PAUL -- It was just an international friendly match, but Minnesota United put a beating down on its prestigious visitors from across the ocean.

The Loons poured on the offense against Everton FC in a 4-0 rout Wednesday at Allianz Field in a tune-up match before MLS play resumes on Saturday.

The “international friendly” definition may not have been descriptive enough, as it meant just a bit more to Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath, who played six seasons with Everton in the 1980s. Even though it must have been a special game for Heath, his team still has important MLS games coming and needs to be sharp.

MLS: USA Tour-Everton at Minnesota United
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (1) cannot stop the deflection as Minnesota United forward Luis Amarilla (9) looks on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Allianz Field in St. Paul.
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The Loons starters played the first half, and that’s all they needed to pad a large lead that held to the final whistle.

Minnesota United’s leading goal scorer Emmanuel Reynoso got the first-half scoring party started. He made a few nifty moves to force a handball in the box, which gave him a penalty kick on the Everton goalkeeper and captain Jordan Pickford. Reynoso made the shot count to give the Loons a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute.

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Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair leaps to make a save against Everton on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in St. Paul.
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Four minutes after an own goal by an Everton defender made it 2-0 for Minnesota United, Luis Amarilla knocked in a short-range goal off a rebound from Pickford to make it 3-0. Late in the second half, Abu Danladi scored off a centering pass from Alan Benitez, who was making his Loons debut.

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