Minnesota United

Adrian Heath calls on Emanuel Reynoso to score more Minnesota United goals

Chris Smith
Reynoso doubled his goal tally for the 2021 season with a brace against the LA Galaxy.
Reynoso doubled his goal tally for the 2021 season with a brace against the LA Galaxy. / Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath has challenged Emanuel Reynoso to score more goals to go alongside his assists.

The Argentine playmaker joined the Loons in September 2020 from Boca Juniors. Reynoso hit the ground running with 12 assists in just 16 games, including a single-season record of seven in the playoffs.

But the 25-year-old scored just two goals during that time while, prior to Saturday night's clash with the LA Galaxy, he'd only managed two goals and three assists in 19 appearances this season.

However, Reynoso fired in two stunning long range efforts in the opening 20 minutes of Minnesota's 3-0 win over the Galaxy, giving the hosts complete control of the game thereafter. Having not played since 21 August with a hamstring problem, this will serve as a huge confidence boost for Reynoso.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Heath called upon his star man to start trying more shots and taking more pleasure from scoring goals than setting them up.

“Obviously, everybody knows the quality that [Emanuel Reynoso] has. The one criticism that I keep having with him and I keep saying he should score more goals," said Heath.

"He has so much talent. He takes as much pleasure out of making goals, assisting goals, as he does scoring. He’s got to change that. Because, he’s always been able to find people and pick passes, but he’s a really, really good finisher. And he should take more shots. And that’s something that we’ve been encouraging him to do.

"I was really pleased for him, because he’s been a really frustrated kid for the last two or three weeks because he thought he was ready, and he probably wasn’t. So, you know, it was important that he had the game that he did and the comeback.”

In the same press conference, Reynoso confirmed Heath has been pushing him to take more shots himself.

"Yes, my manager is always telling me to shoot more," the Argentine said. "In my position, I try to assist my teammates, and I try to connect with [Franco Fragapane], Robin [Lod] and Ethan [Finlay]. Today, I had luck outside of the box and I thank God that I could convert and help my team.”

Saturday's win ended a two-game losing streak for the Loons following 1-0 and 4-0 losses to the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC, respectively. Minnesota are now back in the Western Conference playoff spots.

Up next for Heath's men is a home tie with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday before they travel to DC United.