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Minnesota United opens 2019 MLS season with a win

They won on the road in Vancouver.
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Minnesota United couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2019 season after a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

It's a new era for the Loons as they prepare to play their first season in their own, exclusive stadium at Allianz Field, but are starting off facing five road games before debuting in St. Paul on April 13. 

Nonetheless the fixture list has been kind to United, with the visit to the New York Red Bulls the only matchup where they truly face an uphill task before their home bow.

It proved to be the case on Saturday, running out winners in Vancouver thanks to goals from Darwin Quintero, Francisco Calvo and Romario Ibarra.

Quintero, Minnesota's first-ever designated player who arrived on fire last season, equalized from the penalty spot in the 37th minute after Vancouver had taken the lead in the 6th.

The Loons then pulled away in the second half, as Calvo and Ibarra struck in quick succession in the 66th and 70th minutes, before the team stood firm after the Whitecaps struck back in the 81st minute.

Next up for the Loons is a trip to San Jose, last year's bottom-ranked team.

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