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On-fire Darwin Quintero helps Minnesota United to yet another win

Christian Ramirez bagged a brace as the Loons ran riot.

In April he became Minnesota United's first ever designated player, and what a different Darwin Quintero is making.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old Colombian was unstoppable again, firing home a goal and laying on two assists for his teammates as the Loons destroyed LAFC at TCF Bank Stadium for their third straight win.

It's his 6th goal in the past 5 games for United, with the Loons winning four of those to suddenly move back into contention for the MLS playoffs.

In the 16 games he's played since arriving in Minnesota in spring, Quintero has banged in 9 goals and had 5 assists.

Loons striker Christian Ramirez will get most of the headlines for the two goals he bagged on Sunday, with Rasmus Schuller and Miguel Ibarra completing the rout.

Here's Quintero's goal, Minnesota's 3rd, coming on the stroke of half-time.

If United are to realize their playoff ambitions, they'll have to improve their away form.

The Loons have one of the best home records in the Western Conference, winning 7, losing 3 and drawing 1 at TCF Bank. 

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But their away record is miserable, with a single win alongside 8 defeats.

They're now in 7th place, one spot outside the playoffs, two points behind Real Salt Lake.

If you're wondering what a designated player is, by the way, it's the rule that allows MLS teams to sign 3 players who do not count towards their salary cap (so they can be paid more).

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