Minnesota Thunder Defeat C.S.D. Comunicaciones 2-0 in Entertaining Exhibition Game
Thunder blank Comunicaciones 2-0 while giving some bench players their chance to shine.
The Minnesota Thunder played C.S.D. Comunicaciones on Wednesday evening as a preseason warm up for the Guatemala club who are touring the US. Previously, Comunicaciones had been downed by MLS team FC Dallas by a score of 2-0. The former Guatemalan champion will now move on to play the Richmond Kickers of USL-2 on Saturday evening.
Minnesota got on the board early with a goal by Marco Termenisi in his first start of the year. The speedster intercepted an errant defensive pass in the 4th minute of play. He touched the ball forwarad with only the keeper to beat. Instead of taking the shot, Termenisi took another touch and tipped the ball past the keeper. His final touch drove the ball into the far right hand corner of the net putting the Thunder up 1-0.
The early goal brought both teams alive and the game took on a lively feel with both teams playing a very attractive and attacking style of football.
The Thunder and Comunicaciones bench saw plenty of minutes the second half. Minnesota has an important league game against Miami FC at home on Friday night, so Thunder coach Donny Gramenz made wholesale changes at the half. Matt Van Oekel was substituted in for Nic Platter and the backup keeper was tested numerous times throughout his half of play. The big Thunder back up keeper came up big several times with key saves.
Rochester Thunder PDL midfielder Kentaro Takada was also started the second half. IMS has spoken highly of the PDL midfielder in the past and he showed well last night with the Thunder playing in Jeremiah Bass holding midfield position. Takada showed early he was not intimidated by the level of play and took several well taken long distance shots. He was also fed a ball by left forward Marco Termenisi which Takada took first time from the top left of the box. However, Takada’s shot sailed well high and over the goal.
In the 81st minute, Dale Weiler who had come on for goal scorer Termenisi received a clever diagonal ball from Geoffrey (Cheeseburger) Myers setting Weiler free to go one on on with the Comunicaciones goalkeeper from the left side of the box. As the keeper came out of the box to cut down the angle, Weiler calmly laid out a deftly touched chip shot that went high and over the keeper landing just across the goal line and bouncing into the net to bring the home team up 2-0. Weiler celebrated by running to his fan club which resides in the Thunder Lounge at the north end of the field. The goal set the Thunder fans cheering and nailed the door shut for Comunicaciones as the Thunder were able to neatly keep possession for most of the remainder of the game while Minnesota ate up the clock.
“It was the greatest feeling,” said Minnesota forward Marco Termenisi. “Coming down the field and getting the time is a great feeling. But when you come out and put the work in to get a goal like that, it ten times better.”
“I think we did well tonight,” said Thunder midfielder Dale Weiler. “We controlled the ball better in the first half, but we had a lot of subs in (2nd half). It feels good to score a goal. I didn’t touch the ball much when I subbed in but I took advantage of the opportunity. I think we can carry this through to Friday.”