United fc gameday

3 P.M. at Edmonton • espn3

Preview: A surging Minnesota (5-2-3) sits squarely in the North American Soccer League playoff picture and must avoid a letdown against the Eddies (4-4-3).

United FC at a glance: Justin Davis’ second-half goal, his fifth of season and second in two matches, earned Minnesota a victory on Wednesday at home against Indy Eleven. Davis and his fellow defenders conceded zero goals in a match for the first time since July 15. With the victory, Minnesota built a three-match wining streak for the second time this season. The Loons played Edmonton to a pair of draws earlier this season.

Edmonton at a glance: The Eddies enter their most important stretch of the season, playing three of their next four matches at home while searching for a playoff spot. Edmonton hasn’t scored since the first half on Aug. 16, a span of 189 minutes. But the Eddies can fill up the net. Minnesota leads the league with 36 goals, Edmonton sits in fourth place with 31 despite its current slump. Assist leader Lance Laing and teammate Sainey Nyassi will miss the match due to international duty.

David La Vaque