Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath isn't messing with his lineup much from the previous two matches as the Loons take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Here is how the squad shapes up:
Jerome Thiesson, Michael Boxall, Brent Kallman, Francisco Calvo
Collen Warner, Ibson
Ethan Finlay, Kevin Molino, Sam Nicholson
Bench: Patrick McLain, Joe Greenspan, Miguel Ibarra, Collin Martin, Ish Jome, Johan Venegas, Jose Leiton
The only change to the starters is Warner in for Sam Cronin, who is out with a concussion. Center back Jermaine Taylor is also not on the bench per usual as he deals with a concussion as well. In his place, Joe Greenspan makes it back into the lineup after also finishing up recovering from a concussion. They are running rampant.
New loanee Leiton makes is also in the squad for the first time and has a chance to make his debut.
Forward Christian Ramirez practiced this week after a hamstring injury has kept him out since the July 29 match against D.C. United, but he is still not back in the squad. Ramirez said this was his first muscle injury and the longest recovery time he's ever had in his career.
"It's been a longer process than I thought," Ramirez said. "When I started training, I didn't feel all that quite ready yet. So that's why we took a little extra time."
The forward said he hadn't realized how "tricky" hamstring injuries are, as certain movements as simple as kicking a ball felt weird to him for a while because he didn't realize he used so many muscles.
"Having to come in here so early, leave so late, watch the guys come in and train, and I'm on the side or on a different field," Ramirez said. "That's probably been the toughest part for me because I like to be so involved."
Here is how Philly will line up: