Loons’ season on life support after 2-0 loss to San Jose


			Loons’ season on life support after 2-0 loss to San Jose
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Despite a 2-0 loss to last-place San Jose on Saturday, Minnesota United is still alive for a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. But for last few weeks, the Loons have been on life support.

Minnesota (13-14-6) has managed only one point in their last 18 available across six games. Their 46 points put them in log jam for the seven and final playoff spot.

With nothing to play for this season, San Jose (8-15-10) showed themselves to be the better team at PayPay Park.

MNUFC had a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win and some help, but didn’t do their part of the equation.

In the 52nd minute, Minnesota forward Luis Amarilla turned the ball over in midfield; Michael Boxall gave away a free kick; and Shea Salinas’s set piece took a nasty deflection off Emanuel Reynoso and past Dayne St. Clair for a 1-0 lead.

Roughly 20 minutes later, Benji Kikanovic beat Boxall on a run in the 71st minute and slotted a shot past St. Clair to make it 2-0.

San Jose outshot Minnesota 10-5 in the first half, including 2-1 on target. Loons goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair made a sprawling save on Paul Marie’s shot in the eight minute.

Midfielder Kervin Arriaga received a yellow card in the 10th minute and will be suspended due to yellow-card accumulation for Decision Day against Vancouver on Oct. 9.

The Loons have had 10 players suspended due to accumulation this season.

Minnesota returns to St. Paul to play Vancouver Whitecaps on Decision Day on Oct. 9.

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