Minnesota United expected an Argentine attacker to give opponents doses of danger on set pieces the season.
It was supposed to be Emanuel Reynoso, but with the MLS All-Star suspended by MLS, Franco Fragapane has slid into that role and has done swimmingly.
Fragapane’s great free kick was flicked on by Micky Tapias for the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Fragapane also provided a sterling corner kick that led to a Tapias header and Bongi Hlongawane rebound goal in the 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls last week.
Minnesota (2-0-1, 7 points) snapped a five-match losing streak at Colorado and improved to 1-5-1 in the Denver suburb since 2017.
The Rapids (0-3-1, 1 point) snapped 319-minute goalless drought across four games by capitalizing on MNUFC’s second straight slow start to a second half.
After allowing New York an equalizer just after the b...