Friday, June 24, 2022

Open Cup defeat would be hard to remove from Loons’ sour taste vs. New York City

A different emphasis on the MLS regular-season game against New York City FC at 7 p.m. Saturday at Allianz Field, part of Minnesota United’s justification for not putting out its best roster for Wednesday’s US Open Cup Round of 16 match against Union Omaha was given. ,

A surprise 2-1 loss to Omaha – a third-tier club in the USL – at the national tournament this weekend puts even more pressure on the Loons to produce home wins in league play. Sour taste will be difficult to remove.

NYCFC, the defending MLS Cup champions, has been riding a seven-game unbeaten streak in league play (6-0-1) since early April. New York’s offense leads the league with 6.3 shots on goals per match, is second with 2.0 goals per game, and league MVP candidate Valentin “Tati” Castellanos is third in the MLS with seven goals this season. Is.

“I think they are the best team in the league,” Lunes manager Adrian Heath said on Friday. “…It’s going to be a big test for us. I know (head coach) Ronnie Deela is experienced enough to know that if we play our way, how we did against the Galaxy, Like we defended against Dallas, it’s going to be a tough afternoon for them.”

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The Loons will not have an “A” lineup on Saturday. Veteran centre-back Michael Boxall and central midfielder Kervin Arriaga have been suspended for collecting yellow-cards in MLS action.

Damages within Minnesota’s backbone could make it more vulnerable to the NYCFC’s already deadly attack.

If MNUFC is able to top New York on Saturday, it will go with a quality road win at FC Dallas last weekend. Also after Wednesday there will be a swish of Listerine.

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The loss to Omaha is MNUFC’s worst defeat since the club moved into the First Division in 2017, and the Loons are now focused solely on the MLS season.

“It’s a different competition,” Heath said. “As much as we have to put it behind us, we don’t forget how unacceptable the performance was – collectively and individually.”

Brent Kalman, a possible move for Boxall, said the team’s bounce would not be known until Saturday night.

“It may be a little early to tell for sure, but the attitude was really good (Friday),” said the Woodbury native. “People are focusing on getting ready for the game. …everyone knows you must have a short memory in this business.”

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After Minnesota lead scorer Robin Laud for the Omaha game was rested with minor injuries, Heath said he would be available to play on Saturday. Defensive midfielder Will Trapp (ribs) and strikers Luis Amarilla (legs) and Abu Danladi (thighs) are listed as suspects. These four players were involved during the open part of training on Friday. “The team that will be available won’t be far from the team you think will play,” Heath said. … Lunes had previously looked to bring in Uruguay midfielder Santiago Rodriguez, but “we couldn’t stand him,” Heath shared. Rodriguez, 22, is on loan from Montevideo City Torque to NYCFC for the 2022 season. … Arriaga, who hurt his face in a collision against Omaha, could have led to his departure for the Honduran national team due to an injury. After Friday’s practice, he took part in a juggling circle with teammates without a protective mask or noticeable injury.

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