MNUFC Match Preview | News and Notes Ahead of Philadelphia Union
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Minnesota United hits the road to face the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium for the first time on Saturday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Although MNUFC is still in search of an elusive second road win after topping Orlando City SC back in March, the team has reason to believe that Ángelo Rodríguez's brace last weekend against NYCFC augurs an uptick in scoring for the Colombian forward and that overall good health will bolster its consistency.
MNUFC has sold and distributed more than 50,000 tickets for its final home match at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, October 21, when the Loons face the visiting LA Galaxy to close out two years of MLS action at TCF Bank Stadium before moving to Allianz Field for 2019. With Allianz Field's capacity at 19,400 when it opens, this is the last chance to shatter a record that has stood for over 40 years, ever since a crowd of 49,572 fans came to Metropolitan Stadium to watch the Minnesota Kicks beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 and win the NASL Conference Championship.
A?ngelo Rodri?guez scored multiple goals in a game for the first time as an MNUFC player in the 2-1 victory over NYCFC on Saturday, September 29. His second goal was his first game-winning strike with the club.
Rodri?guez earned his first MLS Team of the Week award during Week 31, claiming a spot on the bench following his brace.
Darwin Quintero was credited with an assist on Rodríguez's first goal, extending his assist streak to three games.
MNUFC won its 11th game of the season last weekend against NYCFC, setting a new club record.
Collen Warner will miss the game against Philadelphia Union after receiving a red card against NYCFC. This was the sixth ejection for an MNUFC player this season.
Bobby Shuttleworth is two minutes away from 5000 career minutes played for MNUFC.
With the win over NYCFC, MNUFC has now won back-to-back games for the first time since July 22.
The Loons are 6-3-0 against Eastern Conference opponents in 2018.
Maximiano and Fernando Bob rejoin the squad this week after serving one-game suspensions last week.
Philadelphia can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win over MNUFC. The Union last made the playoffs in 2016.
A loss would eliminate MNUFC from playoff contention.
MNUFC has not scored a second-half goal in the past two games.
Philly has lost just once in its past nine league games, going 6-1-2 in that stretch.
This is Minnesota's first visit to Talen Energy Stadium.
M - Sam Cronin (Head)
M - Ethan Finlay (R ACL tear - out for season)
M - Collin Martin (R ankle)
M - Kevin Molino (L ACL tear - out for season)
M - Romario Ibarra (R leg)
F - Abu Danladi (R leg)
Collen Warner (Red card)
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