Ibson Barreto da Silva scored and Darwin Quintero added a goal and two assists to help Minnesota United beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 on Saturday night in Minneapolis.
Minnesota (7-11-1) has won two of its last three after losing three straight.
Ibson rolled a cross from Quintero just inside the post to open the scoring in the 51st minute. Quintero, on the right side of the area, cut back to evade a defender and tapped it to Ibson for the side-footed finish, past a diving Nick Rimando, from near the spot.
Quintero, from the top-right corner of the box, chipped it over Rimando’s head into the far corner of the net in the 62nd and then bent a pass around defender to a charging Miguel Ibarra who tapped in the first-timer from the center of the box that made it 3-0 in the 68th minute.
Joao Plata, a second-half substitute, scored in the 77th and 85th minutes for Real Salt Lake (9-9-2). Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke was ejected in the second half after arguing RSL defender Justin Glad was fouled by Minnesota forward Darwin Quintero. Minnesota ended up scoring its first goal on the sequence.
Amy Rodriguez gave the Utah Royals a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, but the Orlando Pride rallied for a 2-1 victory Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Katie Bowen played a long pass to the right flank for Rachel Corsie, who chipped a perfectly weighed ball to Rodriguez, who vollied it past the Orlando keeper.
The Pride equalized in first half stoppage time on a penalty kick after the Royals were whistled for a questionable foul in the 18-yard box.
Orlando’s Kristen Edmonds netted the game-winning goal seven minutes into the second half on a shot from distance.
“I felt today up until the penalty we weren’t being exposed,” Utah head coach Laura Harvey said. “I felt that the game plan was working we were limiting them. We could’ve done things a little bit better, but we were doing OK. The moment the penalty came we never recovered mentally, which, is partly on us, but it is hard to sit here every week and watch a performance like that of a referee and not acknowledge it. This is our job and I could get fired over that result, but nothing is going to happen to her and it’s every week stuff like this.
“This week we lost a player to a suspension for a tackle that was made in a game. I mean, what are we doing? It’s just hard work to just sit here and not say anything about it, honestly. And I will probably get fined and all that, but it’s fine. What’s happening to the ref that’s my question. Fine me, but just provide the refs with a better performance and let the fourth official to be actually okay at speaking. They do not acknowledge when we stand there, for both teams.”
Utah fell to 5-6-6, while Orlando improved to 8-6-4. The Pride are currently in third place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings, while the Royals are sixth out of nine teams.
Herald Journal sports writer Jason Turner contributed to this report