7 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Union • Fox9+, 1500-AM
Loons seek first back-to-back wins
Preview: The most points Minnesota United (7-14-4, 10th in the West) has been able to string together this season is four. But against the Philadelphia Union (8-12-7, ninth in the East), the Loons have a chance for their first win streak. But Loons coach Adrian Heath said Philadelphia has dangerous attacking pieces, and his team will have to seize “crucial” early moments because the first goal will be vital.
Quotable: “The mood of the group is really good. We haven’t won back-to-back games all season, so this is an opportunity for us. What I don’t want it to be, as I said to the players, I don’t want this to be after the Lord Mayor’s show, which is another English expression, I know. But it’s everybody was up for last week, and now it’s a little bit of a letdown at home. I think it’s a hugely important game for us, and that’s the one thing I want the players to be aware of.” — Heath
Numbers: Philadelphia F C.J. Sapong is tied for 10th in the league in scoring this year with 12 goals. … The Loons are coming off a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Aug. 26. Rookie Abu Danladi scored both goals in the team’s first road win this season.
Absences: M Alejandro Bedoya (suspension), D Joshua Yaro (suspension) and F Fabian Herbers (sports hernia) are out for Philadelphia while M Maurice Edu (ankle/tibia) and D Ken Tribbet (Achilles) are questionable. M Bernardo Anor (leg), D Thomas de Villardi (Achilles), M Sam Cronin (concussion) and D Jermaine Taylor (concussion) are out for United while F Christian Ramirez (hamstring) is questionable.