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Minnesota United will play its first MLS Western Conference final after doing light work with Sporting Kansas City 3-0.
A three-goal first half, inspired by Kevin Molino’s double, saw Minnesota beat Sporting KC on Thursday to meet the defending champion Seattle Sounders.
Minnesota, which entered the league in 2017, has won its last three games 3-0, matching the longest winning streak with more than three goals in MLS history – regular season or play-offs.
Molino opened the scoring in the 27th minute after combining with Emanuel Reynoso before beating Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia.
I’m going to sneak past you! pic.twitter.com/lgXo7n0FFD
Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) December 4, 2020
It was the combination of Molino and Reynoso again eight minutes later: The former flew home to double Minnesota’s lead at Children’s Mercy Park.
Bakaye Dibassy made it 3-0 six minutes before halftime when he headed home on a Reynoso corner kick.
Reynoso, the only player in MLS play-off history with multiple three-assist games, became the first player to record three assists in consecutive games since Jaime Moreno in September 2004, according to Opta.
3 – @MNUFC has won their last 3 matches by 3-0 points, equaling the longest winning streak by over 3 goals in @MLS history, regular season or #MLSCupPlayoffs (Red Bulls 2017 and 2012, Galaxy 2014). Irrepressible. pic.twitter.com/FFxHCxKOx3
– OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 4, 2020
Minnesota and Seattle will meet in the conference final on Sunday.