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Ibson, Nicholson score, Minnesota United tops Fire 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ibson scored his first MLS goal in the second half, Sam Nicholson added another 11 minutes later and Minnesota United beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday in its home opener.

Ibson gave Minnesota (2-1-0) a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute. His header was saved by Richard Sanchez, but Ibson was first to the rebound for a finish with the outside of his foot. After Chicago tied it four minutes later, Nicholson finished Ethan Finlay's well-placed cross with an open header to freeze Sanchez.

Rookie Elliot Collier, making his first start, scored his first MLS goal for Chicago (0-2-0). Minnesota misplayed it deep in its own area, Nemanja Nikolic had a wide-open shot blocked but Collier rolled it past a diving Matthew Lampson. Chicago was without midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for family reasons. (MORE)

Minnesota Leaders
G: E. Finlay2
Ast: C. Ramirez1
PKG: None 
YC: M. Toye2
RC: None 
GAA: M. Lampson1.67
CS: None 
Minnesota Team Stats (Rank)
Goals: 6 (5)
Goals Allowed: 5 (8)
Penalty Kick Goals: 0 (14)
Shots: 35 (10)
Shots on Goal: 13 (6)
Yellow Cards: 4 (14)
Red Cards: 0 (9)
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3/3SJ-MINL 2-3
3/10ORL-MINW 2-1
3/17MIN-CHIW 2-1
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