Preview: Minnesota (4-3-4) is unbeaten in its past three matches and has won the past four meetings against the Strikers. Fort Lauderdale (3-5-2) also is unbeaten in its past three matches. The Strikers picked up a 3-1 victory against Ottawa Fury FC two weeks ago and should be well rested after not playing last Saturday. The Loons are coming off a 1-1 draw Saturday at Miami FC.
Players to watch: Lance Laing scored his first goal for the Loons on a sensational play. He got a touch after a deflection off a Miami defender’s head and looped the ball over Miami goalkeeper Daniel Vega from about 20 yards out. Laing was a North American Soccer League Best XI team selection last season with Edmonton but has struggled to earn minutes with Minnesota. Fort Lauderdale’s recent surge owes to newcomer Amauri, who had scored three goals in the past three games. Jose Angulo has also been a spark plug in the team’s past three contests, having a goal and two assists over that span.
Numbers: Minnesota, currently fifth in the standings, remains without a victory on the road in the fall season. In fact, the Loons have won just once away from home in 2016.
Injuries: Minnesota’s Stefano Pinho was an unused substitute against Miami FC and could see minutes against Fort Lauderdale, his former team.
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