MINNESOTA UNITED FC (6-5-3) FS. UNION (7-4-4)
4 p.m. ET; ESPN+, DAZN, FSN+, PHL 17
It will be a battle of two MLS teams currently sitting in playoff positions when the Philadelphia Union travel to play Minnesota United on Sunday afternoon.
Minnesota (6-5-3, 21 points) is coming off a 3-0 loss at Atlanta in a game that was much closer than the final score, as the Loons conceded a pair of late goals after nearly tying the game in the 74th minute.
“Apart from the last two goals, we were still right in the game. We stifled them and created an awful lot of chances,” said Minnesota coach Adrian Heath. “I think we looked dangerous in the second half. Obviously, you look at the score line, and the score line looks 3-0. It looks though you’ve been well and truly beaten, but that was far from the case.”
Heath was pleased for the most part with how his team played throughout the game.
“Overall, I can’t fault the guys for their efforts,” said Heath. “I’m pleased with the work they have done, and I’m pleased with the shape of the group, I just don’t think we had enough quality in that final third to really take the most of all the little off chances we created.”
Philadelphia (7-4-4, 25 points) stands second in the Eastern Conference, but the team has not won in its last three starts. That includes a 1-1 home tie with Colorado, the team with the worst record in MLS, on Wednesday night.
“Not our sharpest night — really disappointing result obviously for a lot of reasons,” said Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin. “Still have a lot of work to do for this group, but we are still sitting in a good spot in the table. We have to regroup quickly — we have to go on the road to Minnesota.”
–Field Level Media