Streaking Loons look to keep FC Dallas at bay
Minnesota United will put a six-game winning streak on the line when they play their fifth match in the span of 15 days as they host FC Dallas on Saturday night in Saint Paul, Minn.
The Loons (9-7-3, 30 points) haven’t lost since falling 1-0 at the Colorado Rapids on June 8. Since then Minnesota has won three consecutive MLS matches over FC Cincinnati, San Jose and Montreal as well as United States Open Cup matches against Sporting Kansas City, Houston and New Mexico United, outscoring the opposition 26-8.
The Loons advanced to the US Open Cup semifinals with a 6-1 home victory over New Mexico United on Wednesday and now face a quick turnaround against a well-rested FC Dallas squad that hasn’t played since shutting out 10-man D.C. United 2-0 on July 4 in Frisco, Texas.
“The great thing is that everyone looks as if they’ve come through unscathed,” Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said. “We’ve got nobody injured at this point. It’s a good little period for us considering the amount of games we’ve had in a short period of time.”
The Loons were already looking ahead to Saturday’s key Western Conference matchup after Wednesday’s win, which featured a hat trick by forward Angelo Rodriguez. Minnesota enters the contest in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place FC Dallas (8-7-5, 29 points), and could leapfrog the third-place Seattle Sounders with another win.
“Yeah, we know they’re right there in the table, too,” Loons defender Miguel Ibarra said. “So, I mean, that’s another big, massive three points for us, if we can make sure we get three points. We’re at home, so our mentality is not to lose here.”
Minnesota United are 5-1-3 at home this season while FC Dallas are 2-6-1 on the road.
“It’s a big, big three points because they’re ahead of us in the standings,” FC Dallas All-Star midfielder Paxton Pomykal said. “So we can kind of do a switch if we can get the win there.”
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