Rasmus Schuller listens to "melancholic rock" ahead of matches.
The Finnish midfielder, who might make his way back into the starting lineup 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Houston Dynamo, said after Minnesota United practice Thursday that he listens to Swedish and Finnish music in the locker room, mainly a Finnish band called Younghearted and a Swedish band Kent, the aforementioned "melancholic rock."
"Not emo," as Schuller clarified.
Meanwhile, defender Jerome Thiesson said he listens to "everything besides melancholic rock." His music choice depends on the game. If he's a little too pumped up, he'll put on the "Good Vibes" playlist from Spotify. If he needs to gain more energy, he'll listen to something more aggressive, like Latin music from Ozuna and Nicky Jam.
And defender Francisco Calvo said Wednesday that he listens to Reggaeton.
Such diverse taste in tunes on the team.
Besides the musical tangent, it was training as usual for United on Thursday. Everyone participated except those injured (Bernardo Anor and Thomas de Villardi) and on loan (Joe Greenspan).
Coach Adrian Heath said it has become harder to pick an 18-man match-day squad after six matches so far.
"One or two have played themselves into the team and are keeping themselves in there," Heath said. "But we're still looking if we could add one or two pieces and maybe change one or two things."
Both Schuller and forward Abu Danladi have been pushing for starting minutes, while defender Vadim Demidov might be left out of the squad for the second consecutive week.
"In terms of if [Demidov's] available for selection, we'll decide who travels in the next sort of hour or so," Heath said around midday Thursday. "But I can't see it being much different than last week."
Heath also said the club would decide the fate of trialist Abdoulaye Diallo probably at "the end of next week."