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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota United’s last game was a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids at Allianz Field.
  • Ethan Finlay and Juan Agudelo both made their 250th MLS appearance in the game against the Rapids. Finlay started the game and Agudelo came on in the 67th minute for Hunou.
  • Brent Kallman made his 75th MLS start against Colorado — coincidentally the team he made his first MLS start against back in 2017.
  • Adrien Hunou’s goal in the eighth minute was his fifth on the year, putting him second on the team.
  • Franco Fragapane’s assist on Hunou’s goal was his eighth of the season. He is currently averaging 0.72 assists per 90 minutes, good for second in the league behind New England’s Carles Gil (0.76).
  • Fragapane is also second in assists per game, averaging 0.62. Austin’s Sebastian Driussi is tied for fourth in assists per game, averaging 0.45.
  • Following a red card for Danny Wilson in the 57th minute, Minnesota United went up a man for the third time this season. Their record in those three games is 0-1-2.
  • MNUFC have played Austin FC twice so far in the Texas club’s expansion season. They lost the first matchup 1-0 on May 1 and won the second 2-0 on June 23.
  • This is the Loons’ first trip to Austin’s Q2 Stadium, which opened on June 19, 2021.
  • Austin’s Alexander Ring has been ejected twice this year, tying him with four other players for most red cards in the league.
  • Midfielder Emanuel Reynoso is fourth in the league in corner kicks with 105.
  • Goalkeeper Brad Stuver has started 27 games for Austin this season, a total which ties him for second in the league for starts in goal. Stuver also has the most saves (114) and losses (16) in the league.
  • Robin Lod is in a four-way tie for third in game-winning goals. The Finnish international has five game-winners on the year. Reynoso’s four game-winning assists are tied for third.
  • Tyler Miller’s 1.04 goals allowed per game is tied for fourth in MLS, and his 10 shutouts are tied for third.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez both played for the New England Revolution in 2013 and then again from 2015–19 after Agudelo returned from a stint abroad.
  • Hector Jimenez and Brad Stuver played with Will Trapp and Ethan Finlay on the Columbus Crew from 2014–17.
  • The aforementioned players were all with the Crew in 2017 when they were joined by current Loons Jukka Raitala and Niko Hansen, as well as Austin’s Kekutah Manneh.
  • Tomás Pochettino joined Austin FC from Boca Juniors, the former club of Minnesota United’s Emanuel Reynoso.
  • Aaron Schoenfeld played for Minnesota United in 2020, making 14 appearances including three starts, and scoring one goal.
  • Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff was an assistant coach for Columbus Crew from 2014–19, overlapping with Minnesota players Trapp, Finlay, Raitala and Hansen.
  • Wolff also spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons playing for the Chicago Fire alongside MNUFC Director of Player Personnel Amos Magee.
  • Austin FC Assistant Coach Davy Arnaud was on Houston Dynamo’s technical staff — including a stint as interim head coach — during Niko Hansen’s tenure with the cub from 2019–20.
  • Adrian Heath began his coaching career in the U.S. with USL team Austin Aztex FC in 2008. The team became Orlando City SC in 2010 before eventually joining MLS in 2015.