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Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) watches his first half shot roll past New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner (30) for a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Minneapolis Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)


Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

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