PREVIEW: United Face RailHawks Saturday
Minnesota United FC (4W-2T-5L, 14pts) return home to face the Carolina RailHawks (4W-2T-5L, 14pts), Saturday at NSC Stadium in Blaine. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CDT. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports North in High Definition.
Both teams are coming off disappointing losses last week on the road. Minnesota fell in Atlanta to the Spring Season champion Silverbacks, while the RailHawks lost to the current league leading New York Cosmos.
Minnesota will be looking to rebound Saturday after falling 3-1 to the Silverbacks in Atlanta. The club never seemed to get on track in a match that the Silverbacks dominated possession. The Silverbacks got on the board first right before the halftime whistle as Ruben Luna made a darting near post run and got on the end of a Mike Randolph cross. The Silverbacks doubled their lead on another header in the 74th minute from Danny Barerra. United found the score sheet on a Simone Bracalello penalty in the 82nd minute only to have it answered by a Pedro Mendes penalty in the 89th minute. A tough result for a United team seeking positives as they head into the final tests of the 2013 season.
The RailHawks fell 4-0 to a New York team that is hitting their stride. The Cosmos managed 18 shots to the RailHawks 6 and enjoyed most of the run of play. The RailHawks, currently tied with United, will look to finish the season on a high note as they remain mathematically eligible for the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl.
Minnesota will look to get back on track Saturday, “When you look at our season we have been challenged and at times we have come back and we haven’t quite responded to the diversity to be truly battling for the League title, so that’s disappointing.” Said United head coach Manny Lagos, “But there is no doubt there is a lot to play for, as we grow and try to progress, not only to finish this season the right way, but to get ready for next season.”
Minnesota has not beaten the RailHawks this season, having drawn 2-2 back on May 5th in the Metrodome. The RailHawks have beaten United twice at Wake Med Soccer Park, the first coming in anguishing fashion as Minnesota enjoyed an early 2-0 lead only to see it stolen away in the waning moments as Brian Shriver scored twice in the final 10 minutes to win. Current United player Floyd Franks also scored in the game from the penalty spot. Minnesota fell 1-0 on the road on August 29th.
Saturday can act as a small measure of redemption as the RailHawks are the only team that Minnesota has yet to beat this season (outside of the Cosmos who have only played in the Fall Season).
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