“A lot of games are going to be like this going forward, real physical,” Parra said. “Better to get it out of the way now. It’s a good way to get going.”
United coach Mike Gecan said Parra and Alberto Martinez had solid games on offense, but added the team needs more consistency.
“I think we should have won by a lot more goals,” Gecan said. “There are definitely players that had good performances. Alberto looked good today. Anthony had a wonderful game. ... But the team as a whole, there were some good moments but they need to be more consistent.”
United struck first in the 26th minute when Martinez fed a pass ahead Carlos Gallardo, who connected for a 1-0 lead.
In the 59th minute Martinez and Leo Lenth went blazing down the field on a fast break, with Martinez crossing the ball to the right, catching the keeper out of position and setting Lenth up for a goal.
Then the cards started raining down. First, United’s Dusty Smith picked up his second yellow in the 68th minute, but the advantage didn’t last long as in the 70th minute Jose Maria Gonzalez picked up his second yellow. Tadeo Gonzales picked up his second yellow in the stoppage time.
“I thought they did a good job of keeping calm, for the most part, even when the other team was losing their control,” Gecan said. “I thought they did a good job of handling themselves in that situation.”