Minnesota United will be without forward Christian Ramirez for the first time this season as the Loons take on the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Here is the full lineup:
Jerome Thiesson, Michael Boxall, Francisco Calvo, Ish Jome
Sam Cronin, Ibson
Miguel Ibarra, Kevin Molino, Sam Nicholson
Bench: Patrick McLain, Jermaine Taylor, Brent Kallman, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner, Collin Martin, Brandon Allen
Ramirez is out with a hamstring tweak he endured last weekend late in the first half against D.C. United. This will be the first match all season Ramirez hasn't featured for the Loons, and he was the only player on the roster to have appeared in all 22 matches so far, starting all but the first match of the season. The team's leading scorer at 11 goals has the second-most minutes on the team at 1,844 to Thiesson's 1,875.
Prior to the match, midfielder Rasmus Schuller, center-back Joe Greenspan, right-back Kevin Venegas and winger Bashkim Kadrii trained for a bit on the pitch. With a week off after this match thanks to Atlanta United FC rescheduling, the Loons will likely have the services of some of those injured ranks, including Ramirez, Schuller and possibly even left-back Marc Burch heading into the Aug.20 match at Seattle.
Here is how Seattle will start: