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The Loons dealt with a steady stream of pressure, but made the most of their few opportunities to take all three points on the road.
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Carlos Vela scores the opening goal in the third minute of the game.
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One of Dayne St. Clair’s first soccer memories is from roughly 20 years ago with him juggling a plastic balloon at his grandmother’s home in the Toronto area. The young Canadian wasn’t yet good enough with his feet to keep a heavier soccer ball aloft; he needed an inflatable orb that would hang in the air a bit longer.
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Loons manager Adrian Heath said Hlongwane’s thought process had been indicative of his shots to start the season.

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HOUSTON — Bongokuhle Hlongwane had a goal and an assist Saturday night as Minnesota United FC grabbed a 2-1 victory over the host Houston Dynamo.
It was the first and only loss of the season for the Aurora.
Aurora will play the winner of Greenville Liberty-South Georgia Tormenta. The USL W League championship game is July 23.
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Minnesota (9-8-4) climbed into the top four places in the Western Conference; they are unbeaten in a season-high five games. D.C. (5-11-3) remained in last place in the Eastern Conference.
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Mayu Inokawa — scoreless in 106 regular-season minutes — went to take Aurora’s penalty kick amid a 1-1 tie in a USL W League quarterfinal match against Indy Eleven on Wednesday.
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Seven field players have played at least 90% of the minutes across the five MLS matches since June 25. Two more, for a total of nine, have been on the field at least 78% of the game action in that span.

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During Aurora’s undefeated 11-0-1 regular season, the first-year USL W League soccer club has not let a too-serious approach squeeze all the fun out of the game in the name of winning at all costs.
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They were selected by Adrian Heath, who will serve as MLS head coach in the showcase event against Mexico’s Liga MX.
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The Loons won their third straight, scoring three goals in each contest

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