Preview: Minnesota (3-1-1) returned from its bye week to settle for a 2-2 draw at Ottawa. The Loons look to extend their four-match unbeaten streak with a positive result against struggling Jacksonville (1-3-1).
United FC at a glance: Changes are likely coming to the Loons lineup. "There are lads knocking on the door to come into the first team," coach Carl Craig said. "So I'm giving serious consideration to making a few shifts, not for the sake of change but to give us a bit more thrust." Five games remain in the spring season and Craig is setting the bar high. "If we win the next five games, we'll win the league. If we believe we're going to get this done, then let's go get it done. If other teams beat each other up, that's lovely and we'll take it. But that can't be our mentality. We've got to put our foot on the pedal and drive this thing."
Jacksonville at a glance: The Armada, 10th in the 11-team North American Soccer League, has scored the fewest goals (three). The team has played 254 consecutive minutes without a goal. The second-year franchise also is winless on the road. If the team can reverse its fortunes around the opposition's goal, look out. Jacksonville leads the league with 13.8 shots per game and is second with 54.9 percent possession.
David La Vaque