Minnesota United gameday
6:30 p.m. at Montreal Impact • Ch. 29, 1500-AM
Loons get two players back
Preview: Despite a 3-0 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday, the Loons (7-15-5, 10th in the West) still aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs (the probability is under 1 percent). Montreal is 10-11-6 for seventh in the East, one place out of a playoff spot. The Impact is led by midfielder Ignacio Piatti, who is tied for fourth in the league with 15 goals this season. The Loons’ leading scorer, with 11 goals, is forward Christian Ramirez, who came on for the last 18 minutes of Wednesday’s match, his first action since a July 29 hamstring injury.
Players to watch: Loons captain Francisco Calvo is back with the team after the birth of his first child. Fellow Costa Rican winger Jose Leiton also rejoined the team. Left back Marc Burch didn’t play Wednesday but was on the bench after recovering from his June 20 bilateral sports hernia surgery. Goalkeeping coach Marius Rovde did not travel with the team.
Numbers: Against Vancouver, United managed just nine shots, two on goal.
Injuries: D Ambroise Oyongo (knee) is out for Montreal. M Bernardo Anor (leg), D Thomas de Villardi (Achilles), D Jermaine Taylor (concussion) and M Sam Cronin (concussion) are out for United while D Brent Kallman (hip) is questionable.