6 p.m. vs LAFC • FSN, 1500-AM
Loons on the cusp of nine-point run
Preview: Minnesota United (8-11-1, ninth in the Western Conference) is close to achieving its goal of nine points in three games at TCF Bank Stadium this past week if it can pull out a win against LAFC (10-4-5, second in the West). At one point seven points out of playoff contention, the Loons are now only three points from sixth place and just one point behind the two teams directly in front of them. LAFC, though, is on a six-game unbeaten run in MLS.
Quotable: “We’re going to have to play well. I know that much. I’ve watched the last two or three games. The game against the Timbers at the weekend, I thought the Timbers set up really well against them. They had a win at midweek [in the U.S. Open Cup]. … When you play a team that’s got five or six really good attacking threats, and now [Andre] Horta is coming into the mix, played for Benfica, top player in his prime. They’ve got lots of good pieces. So we know it’s going to be difficult.” – United coach Adrian Heath.
Numbers: United has the chance to record its longest win streak Sunday with three points against LAFC. A draw would still make it the longest undefeated streak in its MLS history.
Injuries: United M Sam Cronin (concussion) and D Jerome Thiesson (calf) are out; F Abu Danladi (hamstring) is questionable. LAFC GK Quilian Roberts (leg) and M Eduard Atuesta (ankle) are out; M Lee Nguyen is suspended.