Minnesota United starts its three-home game stint in nine days Saturday against Real Salt Lake a TCF Bank Stadium. Here is how the Loons will line up:
Michael Boxall, Brent Kallman, Francisco Calvo
Miguel Ibarra, Rasmus Schuller, Collen Warner, Ibson, Alexi Gomez
Christian Ramirez, Darwin Quintero
Bench: Matt Lampson, Wyatt Omsberg, Eric Miller, Collin Martin, Maximiano, Frantz Pangop, Mason Toye
Ahead of the game, Abu Danladi, Tyrone Mears, Carter Manley, Bertrand Owundi Eko'o, Harrison Heath and Alex Kapp practiced on the field.
Check this out for more preview material on Salt Lake, and here's coach Adrian Heath's take:
"It's strange if you have a look at it. They started well and then they had that blip where I think it was five or six games maybe more they didn't win, and now they've come again," Heath said. "They're young. [Jefferson] Savarino, and [Albert] Rusnak and [Joao] Plata, they've got energy. They've got pace. And it's probably a new cycle for them now. Obviously, I think it was probably [Nick] Rimando and [Kyle] Beckerman left of what we know is the Salt Lake team of virtually the last 10 years. So it's a new cycle for them. They've got bags of energy. They've got young kids. They've bought well. I think the kid [Justen] Glad's come in. He's going to have a good career as well. So they've brought a few kids through the academy. They've got a thriving academy down there, and they're reaping the rewards for that now over the last few years. When you start to invest in academies, you don't really start to see any dividends until four or five years, which is suddenly starting to happen to them.
"They're on a good little roll at this moment in time," Heath said. "If we can approach the game the way I 'think we can play, we have more than enough to win the game on Saturday, and it's a big week for us. ... It's important that we pick up points."
Here is how Salt Lake will start: