MATCH PREVIEW: Minnesota United FC at Carolina RailHawks
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August, 21, 2013) – Minnesota United (1W-1T-1L, 4 pts) will be seeking a measure of redemption this weekend as they head to WakeMed Soccer Park, in Cary, North Carolina to face the top of the table Carolina RailHawks (2W-1T-0L, 7pts). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT.
Minnesota heads into Saturday with a bitter taste in their mouth as they let a 1-0 lead slip away in the waning moments of last weekend’s home match against Tampa Bay. United controlled much of the match, but the Rowdies kept pushing and equalized deep into stoppage-time, stealing a point. “It’s going to be a great challenge for us to emotionally come back from a game that we tied, but obviously feels like a loss” explained Minnesota head coach, Manny Lagos. “It’s certainly even more challenging going on the road now, not only playing against one of the better teams in the League, but in a place that is tough to play.”
United will look to wash that taste away at a venue that has been all but impossible to walk from with points. The RailHawks are unbeaten in their last 11 matches at WakeMed Soccer Park (10W-1T). Minnesota is no stranger to the RailHawks success at home; the last time they traveled to Carolina, United held a 2-1 lead until deep into the game, when RailHawks forward, Brian Shriver pulled out back-to-back goals to snatch a 3-2 victory.
The RailHawks are coming off a decisive 3-0 win over the New York Cosmos at WakeMed, a match in which RailHawks forward Brian Shriver notched two goals, good for the 2013 League lead with a total of 11 goals.
Minnesota have found form recently, forwards Max Griffin and Pablo Campos have hit their stride as a tandem up front, Campos serving up an assist to Griffin in the 3-1 win over Ft. Lauderdale, and Griffin returning the favor to Campos last week. United’s midfield has been solidified with the play of newcomers Calum Mallace and Sinisa Ubiparipovic. United captain, Aaron Pitchkolan has been named to the North American Soccer League Team of the Week the past two weeks, thanks in large part to his stalwart play along the backline and his ability to dominate the aerial battles.
Another newcomer to the United squad, Floyd Franks, who has seen action in the past two matches will be returning to his former club, a team he captained for the for 2013 Spring Season. “I’m excited for any player that is playing against their former teams,” said Manny Lagos, “Floyd [Franks] is a great player and he played for Carolina for many years, it should be a good experience for him heading back to Carolina.”
Watch the game LIVE with friends and Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis, party starts at 5:00 p.m. Can’t make it to the party? Watch LIVE online at www.MNUnitedFC.com
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