Robin Lod dominates as Minnesota United ends Charlotte FC’s unbeaten run at home

Robin Lod had a goal and two assists in a 22-minute stretch of match time as Minnesota United posted three goals in a sudden burst of offense, winning 3-0 to hand Charlotte FC a rare home defeat Sunday night.

Tani Oluwaseyi and Hassani Dotson had the other Minnesota goals. Franco Fragapane also had an assist.

Minnesota had scored a total of two goals in its previous three matches, but was undeterred by the wet conditions in the first meeting with Charlotte.

Minnesota (4-2-2, 14 points) needed just one save from goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, who notched his second clean sheet in eight outings this season.

Charlotte (3-4-2, 11 points), which rallied to win in its previous match, hasn’t won back-to-back matches this season. Goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina made two saves.

Charlotte had been 3-0-1 in home matches.

Lod, with his first multi-point match of the season, boosted his scoring totals to three goals and five assists this season. He has provided at least one goal or one assist in all except one of his seven matches.

Oluwaseyi opened the scoring in the 31st minute, receiving a pass just inside the top of the box and ripping a shot that bounced in off the left post. It was his third goal of the season, and his first away from home.

Then the United scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second half.

For the second goal, Lod received the ball on the left side as Charlotte’s defense failed to adjust in time.

In the 53rd minute, Dotson scored on a header off a delivery from Fragapane’s corner kick. It was Dotson’s first goal this year

Charlotte’s possession time didn’t mean much, nor did the team’s 11 opportunities on corner kicks.