Preview: Coming off a bye week, Minnesota (3-1) looks to maintain its stingy, winning ways at struggling Ottawa (1-3-1).
United FC at a glance: Minnesota blanked its previous three opponents. Goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock hasn't conceded a goal in 334 consecutive minutes. Forward Christian Ramirez scored in the 90th minute to stun New York 1-0 in the Loons' last match two weeks ago. "I don't think we would have won that game last year," said Ramirez, referring to Minnesota's struggles in the clutch when it allowed 11 goals in the final 10 minutes of matches.
Ottawa at a glance: Schedule makers did the Fury no favors. The NASL's second-best team last season went on the road for the first four matches. The team managed one draw and three losses. A victory at home last week provided a lift. "Coming off a win, we have some confidence now,'' Ottawa forward Dennis Chin told TSN 1200. "But just because we won one game at home doesn't mean it's going to be easy." Including the postseason, Ottawa is 2-4-1 all-time against the Loons. Aside from the tie, the other six matches were decided by a goal.
DAVID LA VAQUE