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Valiant Minnesota United falls to Atlanta in US Open Cup final

They couldn't quite get the crucial goal to get back in the game.

A fighting effort by Minnesota United wasn't enough to win them their first U.S. Open Cup, as they fell 2-1 to Atlanta United.

The Loons were already up against it given that the final was being held in Atlanta's home stadium, and things were looking ominous as Atlanta rushed into a 2-0 lead within the first 16 minutes.

But Minnesota was able to get to half-time without any further damage, and two minutes after the restart struck back with a goal from recent signing Robin Lod.

Lod angled a volley into the far left corner from Kevin Molino's cross, with the ball going in off the upright.

United were given a huge chance when Atlanta was reduced to 10 men in the 74th minute, when Leandro Pirez was given his marching orders for a second bookable offense.

A reinvigorated Loons laid siege to the home team, but were ultimately thwarted in their attempts to get the equalizer that would have taken the tie to extra time.

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