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Minnesota United FC vs. LA Galaxy Preview

September 17, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Minnesota United FC News Release


GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - After a close loss in Seattle on Saturday, the Loons had to quickly pack up and get ready for another road game on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City. Despite having a good start with multiple chances in the first five minutes, the task would prove to be too much for the Loons and they fell to SKC 4-0. On the bright side, Robin Lod was able to return to the field and midfielder Joseph Rosales made his official debut for MNUFC. Looking ahead, the Loons will play their third game in seven days on Saturday against the LA Galaxy, but this time, they'll be playing at home for the first time in nearly a month. Hopefully, with the help of a home crowd and a few players returning from injury and suspensions, the Loons will be able to come together and get the crucial three points that will be up for grabs.

THE OPPOSITION

The LA Galaxy have experienced some trouble lately with two losses and three draws since they last met with MNUFC. Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo at home on Wednesday night. Chicharito returned and found the back of the net in the 61st minute to even the score and save the Galaxy from a loss. His return will no doubt play a role in the game on Saturday against the Loons, who are hoping some of their own injured players will be returning to the fray. A bit of a gap has opened up between the top three out West and the Galaxy in fourth, and LA will be aiming to hold onto that top four seed down the stretch. Meanwhile, the 4-0 loss to Kansas City dropped MNUFC to eighth, but only two points behind LAFC. With the scene set, all we can do now is wait and see how the teams respond to the pressure on Saturday night at Allianz Field.

FIRST TOUCHES: Twenty-year-old midfielder Joseph Rosales got his first minutes in an MNUFC kit, coming on in the 58th minute for Jacori Hayes.

MATCH NOTES:

Minnesota United's match notes can be downloaded HERE.

PLAYER AVAILABILITY REPORT:

Minnesota United

OUT:

Agudelo - Thigh

Dotson - Knee

Gregus - Ankle

Hansen - Hamstring

McMaster - Thigh

QUESTIONABLE:

Reynoso - Thigh


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