MINNESOTA UNITED FC (6-7-3) VS. FC CINCINNATI (3-12-2)
4 p.m. ET; ESPN, DAZN, ESPN-D
Minnesota United and FC Cincinnati look to end losing streaks when they play at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn., on Saturday.
Cincinnati (3-12-2) is last in Major League Soccer and has lost five in a row since the expansion team’s last win on May 11, including a 2-0 home loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 22.
“We’re going to try and take the positive things that we did from L.A. and try to fix the mistakes we made and hopefully get a result,” FCC defender Nick Hagglund said. “I feel like starting from the back in our buildup play, getting to create chances and be in crossing positions, that was good. Hopefully we can continue that and be more clinical in the final third.”
Minnesota (6-7-3) has lost three straight in league play since May 25 while being outscored 7-2. There is optimism, however, because the Loons won two U.S. Open Cup matches and a friendly since their last MLS match on June 8.
“The confidence level in the group is coming back for us,” Minnesota coach Adrian Heath said. “If we can keep everybody fit, we are at the stage now where we’ve got nearly a full complement of players.”
Having coached Minnesota and, prior to that, Orlando City SC in each of their inaugural seasons, he has empathy for what Cincinnati is going through.
“It’s not been what they would’ve liked,” Heath said. “I also know because we were in that position a couple of years ago, that if you keep believing in what you’re doing then you have an opportunity to win games in this league. If we underestimate them, then I think we’ll face the consequences.
“We know they’ve had a sticky spell of late but one thing I know about this league is if you invest in it, generally you become unstuck.”
Minnesota will try to improve its 3-1-3 home mark in its first-year stadium.
–Field Level Media