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7 p.m. vs. Indy Eleven • NSC Stadium

• Ch. 45 (tape delay, 3 p.m. Saturday)

Preview: Minnesota (4-2-3) returns home off two consecutive road victories and a bye week. Staying in the North American Soccer League playoff hunt will require a victory against Indy Eleven (2-5-3).

United FC at a glance: Scoring late to defeat first-place Ottawa and storming back from an early deficit to defeat Tampa Bay, Minnesota is showing signs of a team focused on a playoff push. “The biggest thing in our past two games was our mentality,” defender Tiago Calvano said. “We believed we would get a result in Ottawa and Tampa Bay no matter what.” The Loons tied the NASL scoring record with goals in 17 consecutive league matches.

Indy Eleven at a glance: Indy Eleven comes into Wednesday’s match having suffered its biggest defeat in franchise history, a 7-1 throttling by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. But United FC coach Manny Lagos remains wary: “Indy is a team that has had some very positive results. They got road points against Tampa Bay and Atlanta the weekend before last. They are a team that represents some quality players, and they have some speed on the field.”

David La Vaque