Match Preview: MNUFC vs FC Dallas

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It’s another Western Conference showdown at Allianz Field tonight with 3rd place Minnesota United FC hosting 12th place FC Dallas. A depleted Loons side will have to put the adrenaline of last week’s win and ‘Wonderwall’ behind them and focus on using all their depth to get a few more points to secure their place in the standings.

Form (W-L-D)

MIN: 3rd (28 pts), GD +7. Overall: 8-3-4 (Home: 4-1-3)

DAL 12th (13 pts), GD -7. Overall: 3-8-4 (Away: 0-6-2)

Though Dallas earned a win on May 22, beating the Rowdies 2-1 in the USOC Round of 16, the club has not won in MLS play since May 11, a 2-1 result against Austin. Dallas is 0-2-1 in MLS play since the Open Cup win.


Due to the June international break, MNUFC is missing 12 players, an entire squad.

  • Out with injury: H. Bacharach (leg), DJ Taylor (leg)
  • Green Card Duty: M. Tapias
  • International Duty: D. St Clair and T. Oluwaseyi (CAN), A. Bran (Costa Rica), R. Lod and T. Pukki (FIN), C. Harvey (PAN), K. Arriaga and J. Rosales (HON), Z. Valentin (Puerto Rico)

MNUFC has activated four MNUFC2 players on short-term agreements to shore up the bench: Goalkeeper Alec Smir, defender Morris Duggan, and midfielders Kage Romanshyn Jr. and Jesse Molik Khan. Additionally, (as reported by Andy Greder from Friday’s training session) Victor Eriksson will get the start at centerback alongside Michael Boxall.

Dallas is missing a total of five, three of whom are dealing with knee injuries.

  • Out with injury: G. Jesus (knee), P. Pomykal (knee), A. Velasco (knee)
  • International Duty: N. Norris (USA U-19), C. Sainte (HAI)

Minnesota Pride

The Loons are 2-2-2 on Pride Night (2-2-1 on Pride Nights held during Pride month):

  • 2017: 1-0 win vs ORL
  • 2018: 1-0 loss to DAL
  • 2019: 3-2 loss to PHI
  • 2021: 2-0 win vs ATX
  • 2022: 4-4 draw w POR (Played July 30 as there were no home games scheduled in June.)
  • 2023: 1-1 draw w TOR

The match is set to kick off at 7:39 PM CDT. Follow NSJ for live coverage.


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