Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath made a few tweaks for the Loons' final match of their inaugural season Sunday at the San Jose Earthquakes. Here's how they'll line up, in a 4-4-1-1:
Jerome Thiesson, Michael Boxall, Francisco Calvo, Jermaine Taylor
Ethan Finlay, Collen Warner, Ibson, Sam Nicholson
Bench: Patrick McLain, Marc Burch, Brent Kallman, Collin Martin, Miguel Ibarra, Johan Venegas, Abu Danladi
Heath said Burch was a game-time call, as he still isn't quite 100 percent after recovering from sports hernia surgery and a hamstring issue. So it was between him and Taylor for left-back.
Ish Jome sat out practice Saturday dealing with a bit of a groin issue and isn't on the match-day squad.
Here's what Heath said of playing San Jose, who make the playoffs if it wins:
“It certainly adds to the game. Obviously for them, it’s in their own hands. But we have to respect the integrity of the league and the other teams, and we’re going to do everything in our power possibly to spoil the party for them," Heath said. "And that’s the harsh realities of the game. I’ve been in many situations like this in the past as a player when you have to win to go up or you have to win to make the playoffs, and they’re pressured games. But they’re games that the players should be looking forward to. Come kick off time ... there’s going to be an incredible atmosphere in the stadium."
Also to keep in mind, the Loons are two away from tying a league record for most goals allowed in a season at 69.
Here is how San Jose will start: