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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

·     Minnesota United’s last game ended in a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park.

·     Midfielder and captain Wil Trapp scored his first goal in Black and Blue in the 22nd minute off an assist from forward Adrien Hunou.

·     Emanuel Reynoso led the team in xG+xA with 0.59, with Hunou ranking second with 0.46.

·     Reynoso’s 58 key passes is second in the league behind New England’s Carles Gil.

·     Minnesota United last faced Sporting KC in the Western Conference Semifinals in 2020, winning 3-0 to secure a spot in the Conference Final and take their first victory at Children’s Mercy Park.

·     In the all-time series, Sporting KC have nearly doubled Minnesota’s total shots, 215 to 108.

·     SKC have also more than doubled the Loons’ corner kicks, 81 to 39.

·     Almost a third of the goals in the all-time series (eight of 27) have been scored in the final 15 minutes.

·     No player on either team has had a multi-goal game in the regular season. Kevin Molino had a brace in Minnesota’s playoff win last year.

·     Daniel Salloi is tied with New England’s Gustavo Bou for second in the Golden Boot race with 12 goals.

·     Salloi is also tied for second in game-winning goals with five so far. Robin Lod is right behind him with four.

·     Khiry Shelton and Salloi each have three game-winning assists, as does Emanuel Reynoso.

·     SKC have two players in the top 10 of goals per game. Salloi is scoring 0.63 per game while Alan Pulido is scoring 0.53 per game. Lod scores 0.5 per game.

·     Tyler Miller is second in goals against average, allowing only 0.87 goals per game. Tim Melia is fourth, allowing 0.93.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

·     Franco Fragapane and José Mauri were both members of Talleres in Argentina from 2019–2021 before coming to MLS.

·     Although they did not overlap, defender Nicolas Isimat-Marin and forward Adrien Hunou both came up through the renowned academy Clairefontaine and the Rennes youth system.

·     Peter Vermes and Manny Lagos were teammates on the New York/New Jersey MetroStars for the inaugural MLS season in 1996. Lagos played the 1997 season on the MetroStars with current Sporting KC Assistant Coach Kerry Zavagnin.

·     Graham Smith and Hassani Dotson both played for Oregon State in 2015.

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