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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

·       Minnesota United’s last game was a scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, August 21.

·       It was the second game in a row in which the Loons went up a man in the 21st minute. In all, they spent 138 minutes with a man advantage last week, but only scored one goal.

·       Bakaye Dibassy’s yellow card in the sixth minute against SKC will keep him out of the game against Houston for yellow card accumulation.

·       After racking up 69 shots in the last three games, MNUFC have once again climbed to the top of the shots leaderboard with 314 on the year. They are just ahead of SKC, who have 313.

·       Wil Trapp continues to lead the team in minutes with 1,671 on the year. Hassani Dotson is in second at 1,649.

·       Houston’s Marko Maric and Tim Parker have played all 1,890 of Houston’s minutes this season.

·       Minnesota United have scored half of their 22 goals in the final 30 minutes of games.

·       The Dynamo have scored 13 of their 23 in the final 15 minutes of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half.

·       Fafa Picault has an active three-game streak with a goal for the Dynamo.

·       Picault is also tied for second in yellow cards with eight cautions on the year and leads the league in offside infractions with 19 in 19 games.

·       Houston have not won this season when allowing the first goal.

·       Of the 20 shots Houston’s Corey Baird has taken this season, 11 have been on frame. That 55% shots-on-goal percentage is good for seventh in the league.

·       Tyler Miller maintains his hold on the second best goals against average in the league with 0.81 allowed per game.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

·       Darwin Quintero played the 2018 and 2019 MLS Seasons with Minnesota. He scored the first hat trick in the MLS era for Minnesota and holds almost all of the club’s offensive records including goals, assists, shots and shots on goal.

·       Niko Hansen played for the Houston Dynamo in 2019 and 2020, ringing up two goals and an assist in 749 minutes of action.

·       Maximiliano Urruti and Jukka Raitala were both members of CF Montréal in 2019 and 2020. Urruti and Jacori Hayes crossed paths at FC Dallas in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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