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#VANvMIN Open Game Thread

by on 13 September 2017

When? – 9:00 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 13
Where? – BC Place, Vancouver
How to Watch? FOX9+
How to Listen? 1500 ESPN

Social:

Official Hashtag: #VANvMIN
Follow us at @FiveFiftyOne

Team Accounts
Minnesota United FC – @mnufc
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – @WhitecapsFC

Live Updates
MNUFC Gameday – @mnufcmatch

Pre-Match Reading:

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Minnesota United FC (FiftyFive.One)
Interview With Alex Kapp, Newly-Signed Goalkeeper for Minnesota United FC (FiftyFive.One)

Loons embarking on a 5,430-mile road trip (Star Tribune)
Jon Marthaler’s Short Soccer Takes (Star Tribune)

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  • Alex Schieferdecker

    RIP Vancouver

  • nomadic loon

    The Loons have 2 pre-season games with the Whitecaps — losing one, drawing one; and a draw in their first regular season meet. But let’s start at the beginning…..
    Tino Lettieri is synonymous with Minnesota soccer. He joined the Kicks in their second year and stayed with them until they folded in 1981. He returned in 1984 when the Strikers came to Minnesota and stayed through all of their NASL and MISL (indoor league) years here. Where was he during the ‘82-‘83 seasons when there was no pro team in Minnesota? Vancouver. He was the leading NASL goaltender both of those years as a Vancouver Whitecap.
    Vancouver soccer is very successful – League Champions in 1979 (NASL), 1988 (CSL), 1989 (CSL), 1990 (CSL), 1991 (CSL), 2001 (USL A-League), 2008 (USL D1), and Canadian Champs in 2015. In the late 80’s, early 90’s they had 46 consecutive games without a loss; and although Minnesota soccer is not connected to that streak, we don’t have a good history with Vancouver. The Kicks: 4W-6L. The Strikers: 2W-1L. The Thunder had many matches against the Vancouver 86ers-Whitecaps franchises. In 1997, in the Thunder’s first meeting with the 86ers, Gerard Lagos scored his first A-League goal, in a Minnesota shootout win. But overall the Thunder record is 11W-20L-7D. Two of those wins were playoff wins in 2000 and 2008 with 4 goals in each game for the Thunder. But we still lost more playoff games than won. Finally, the NSC Stars: 1W-2L-1D.
    The Grand Total versus Vancouver: 18 wins, 30 losses, 10 draws. It will take several years to pull this up to .500. However, I recommend every game against Vancouver should be Tino Lettieri day!!!! Go Loons.

  • Alex Schieferdecker

    So glad we haven’t signed a #10, clearly not a major issue right now.

  • John Asbury

    Multiple choice for the podcast: Inchy is playing Venegas because: (A) he hopes a miracle will occur, someone will see Venegas do something good, and make a good trade offer; (B) he hates Ibarra that badly; (C) he has a side bet with Dr. McGuire related to the number of times Venegas will attempt his patented “flick” pass; or (D) All of the above.