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Match Preview: Minnesota United FC v Indy Eleven Redux

by on 15 July 2016

The spring champions managed a 1-0 win last week in Indy against Minnesota United FC, giving them all three points and securing the season series. Minnesota will want to get three points at home before they start slipping further behind in the race for the final three playoff spots.

Previous Meetings

Minnesota’s match with Indy in spring was a 4-2 drubbing of the Loons in Indianapolis. The match saw Minnesota equalize in the 69th minute after going down 2-0. Yet, the Loons gave away two more goals and earned a red card late in the match. Indy has never been an easy destination for the Loons. In 2014, Minnesota handed the Eleven their first home win in franchise history.

Minnesota wasn’t able to reverse the struggles away to Indy last weekend, falling 1-0 after outshooting Indy.

Minnesota is 5-4 all-time against Indy and there have been 29 goals scored total — Minnesota has the slight advantage 15-14.

Roster Reports

Daniel Mendes is still out with an ankle injury. The rest of the team should be available, including Damion Lowe and Ben Speas back from injury.

Tiago Calvano is out after earning a red card after the whistle last week in Indy.

Matchup

With a large crowd expected due to the Schwan’s USA Cup, Minnesota will want to get on the board early to build momentum and get the crowd into the game against a tough team like Indy. Indy, on the other hand, will be happy to leave Minnesota with a 1-1 draw, and are likely to play withdrawn and look to break on the counter.

Notes

With the Schwan’s USA Cup happening at the National Sports Center, expect parking to be a struggle. Also, 35W northbound between Highway 36 and 694 is closed this weekend, so look for alternate routes to Blaine tomorrow.

Reporting also by Chris RB.

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