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6:30 P.M. at Carolina • CH. 45

Preview: A difficult stretch of matches continues for third-place Minnesota, which travels to second-place Carolina hoping to take points from a tough place to play.

United FC at a glance: The shock and disappointment from allowing a last-minute goal in a 1-1 draw with New York last week has subsided, forward Pablo Campos said. “It was tough because all the guys gave everything they had,” he said. “It shook us a little but we talked and have moved on. It’s about performing each week.” Though unlikely to win the North American Soccer League spring season title, the Loons are riding a six-match unbeaten streak in league matches. “We started the year slow but now we are showing the team we are,” said Campos, who scored his 50th NASL career goal against New York last week. Midfielder Miguel Ibarra, the league MVP last season, will miss the match while playing in Europe with the U.S. men’s national team.

Carolina at a glance: Carolina is in second place, one of three teams with 13 points in the standings. The RailHawks were unbeaten in 21 consecutive home matches through the 2014 spring season. Campos played for Carolina during the run and said the intimate stadium gives the home team plenty of fan-generated energy. Carolina plays with a lone striker, meaning the midfield must supply offense. The unit has come through with goals from Tiyi Shipalane (three), former Minnesota player Neil Hlavaty (two) and Mark Anderson and Leo Osaki (one each).

David La Vaque