What: Minnesota United FC (2-0-1) vs. Carolina (2-0-1). 7 p.m. Saturday at the Metrodome. Live broadcast available online at MNUnitedFC.com.
Preview: Minnesota and Carolina, each with seven points, are tied atop the North American Soccer League standings. The teams also have identical scoring records, each scoring five goals and allowing two.
United FC at a glance: Erased a pair of one-goal deficits to earn a 3-2 victory at Atlanta last week. … Former league MVPs and Carolina teammates Pablo Campos and Etienne Barbara played together for just 18 minutes in Atlanta. Both are healthy and hope to regain the chemistry that produced a combined 35 goals in 20011. … United FC still looking for its first goal in the run of play. All five goals came off dead-ball situations.
Carolina at a glance: Brian Shriver’s three goals lead Carolina and are tied for most in the league. … First-year starting goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald has 15 saves and a 0.67 goals-against average, both tops in the NASL … The RailHawks opened the 2012 season at the Metrodome with a scoreless draw.
DAVID La VAQUE