The Whitecaps were eliminated by Minnesota United, failing to qualify for the MLS playoffs

The Whitecaps were eliminated by Minnesota United, failing to qualify for the MLS playoffs

St. Paul, Maine. (AP) – Franco Fragapin scored the first goal in the first half, Jonathan Gonzalez added an insurance goal in the second and Minnesota United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on Sunday to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference. .

Minnesota United (15-14-6) came into the game needing a win or a tie to advance and improved to 3-0-2 all-time at home against Vancouver (12-16-7). The Whitecaps needed a win to clinch a play-off spot.

Minnesota United entered the game with just one point in their last six games (0-5-1) before losing to Vancouver for the second time this season. This is the first time a team has beaten the other twice in the same season.

Emmanuel Reynoso had his 11th assist to go with 10 goals. He is one of three players to reach double figures in both categories this season – joining Nashville’s Hani Mokhtar and LAFC’s Carlos Vela.

Dean St. Clair stopped six shots to earn a clean sheet for Minnesota United. Thomas Hassall made three saves for the Whitecaps.

Vancouver ended its season with three straight home wins, but the Whitecaps were 0-5-3 in their last eight road games.

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