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Loons win home opener in front of sellout crowd

United triumphed 2-1 over rivals Chicago Fire.
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The Chicago Fire were in town, but it was Minnesota United who was scorching the home opener on Saturday.

Playing before a sellout crowd at TCF Bank Stadium – the fifth straight – the Loons sent Chicago packing down I-94 with a 2-1 win.

The action all happened in 11 second half minutes, with the Brazilian Ibson opening the scoring for the home team in the 55th minute before Elliott Collier fired back just four minutes later.

Sam Nicholson restored United's lead with a 66th minute header and the home side were able to close the game out for a second consecutive victory.

The Loons have opened the new MLS season with two wins and a loss – and that loss was a close 3-2 reverse in San Jose.

Head coach Adrian Heath says that his side are in a much better place starting their second major league season.

"Everybody knows each other that much better. I think that we’re all a lot more comfortable with each other than we were at this time last year," he said.

"People thought it was an excuse. I’ve been through this. Twice. People don’t realize how difficult the first year of an expansion team is. You know, it takes you six months to know the group that you got. And we’re just so much further down the road."

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