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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota United’s last game was a 1-0 win on the road over Austin FC.
  • Goalkeeper Tyler Miller made eight saves in the game, earning his 11th shutout of the season. That breaks his personal record of 10 set for LAFC in 2018 and ties the Minnesota United record of 11, set by Vito Mannone in 2019. Miller was named to the Team of the Week for Week 30.
  • Midfielder Franco Fragapane’s goal in the 16th minute was his third of the season, tying him with Ethan Finlay for fourth on the team. Hassani Dotson provided the assist, his third of the year — also tying him with Finlay for fourth in assists.
  • Despite being outpossessed 65.5% to 34.5%, MNUFC managed to win the expected goals battle with 1.8 xG to Austin’s 1.5 xG.
  • MNUFC have never beaten Philadelphia Union, having tied the Union at TCF Bank Stadium in 2017, lost 5-1 to them at Talen Energy Stadium and lost to them 3-2 at Allianz Field in 2019. Philadelphia’s victory at Allianz Field was the only win by a road team at the stadium in its inaugural season.
  • Seven of Philadelphia’s nine goals against Minnesota United have come in the first half.
  • Philadelphia and Minnesota are seventh and eighth in fouls committed with 374 and 373, respectively.
  • Minnesota and Philadelphia are fifth and sixth in corner kicks with 154 and 152, respectively.
  • The Union are tied with three other teams for third in red cards this season, with three players sent off. They are tied with Inter Miami for third in offsides with 55 on the year.
  • The Loons and the Union are almost dead even in assists per game, with MNUFC averaging 1.21 and Philadelphia averaging 1.17.
  • Minnesota remain at the bottom of the league in shots on goal percentage, with only 27.9% of their shots getting on frame. Philadelphia are in sixth at 36.3%.
  • Andre Blake and Tyler Miller are first and second in save percentage among keepers with at least 13 games played. Blake is at 79.5% while Miller is at 77.3%. Miller has one more shutout (11) than Blake, however.
  • Emanuel Reynoso has suffered 74 fouls this season, the fifth-highest total in the league.
  • Robin Lod and Kasper Przybylko each have five game-winning goals, tying them for third in the league.
  • Franco Fragapane remains second in the league in assists per game at 0.57 helpers per.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Philadelphia goalkeeper Joe Bendik played for Columbus Crew SC in 2019 alongside current Loons Niko Hansen and Wil Trapp. Bendik also played for the Portland Timbers in 2012, where Minnesota’s Sean McAuley was an assistant coach. McAuley and Bendik were reunited at Orlando City SC in 2018.
  • Goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr also worked with Joe Bendik, first recruiting and developing him at Toronto FC in 2013 and 2014 and then coaching him at Orlando City SC in 2016.
  • Philadelphia defender Aurélien Collin also played for Orlando City SC in their first two games of 2016, briefly crossing paths with Kerr while he was there.
  • Although they did not overlap there, both Philadelphia midfielder Jamiro Monteiro and Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire played for FC Metz in France.
  • Both Minnesota United’s Jan Gregus and Philadelphia’s Matej Oravec have played for the Slovakia national team at the U19 and U21 levels.
  • Philadelphia’s Alvas Powell played the 2020 season for expansion side Inter Miami alongside Wil Trapp and Juan Agudelo.
  • Powell also overlapped with assistant coach Sean McAuley at Portland from 2013–2018.
  • On May 3, 2019, it was announced that Philadelphia’s Cory Burke would not be able to return to the United States from his native Jamaica due to issues with his U.S. visa as he was working to obtain a green card, and would be unavailable for the remainder of the season. The next week, former MNUFC sideline reporter Jamie Watson both started and captained Burke on his MLS Fantasy team.