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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota United’s last game was a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.
  • Fanendo Adi scored his first goal as a Loon in the 91st minute.
  • Several Loons hit milestones in the game. Wil Trapp made his 250th MLS appearance in the game against Vancouver, Tyler Miller made his 100th MLS appearance and Osvaldo Alonso made his 50th start for MNUFC in the regular season.
  • Minnesota’s all-time record against Sporting KC in the regular season stands at 3-7-3 and 2-1-3 at home.
  • While the Loons’ first, last and only meeting with SKC in the playoffs resulted in a 3-0 win at Children’s Mercy Park last season, MNUFC have not beaten SKC in the regular season since July 12, 2020, when they defeated them 2-1 in the Group Stage of the MLS Is Back Tournament in Orlando.
  • Five of SKC’s 21 goals in the all-time series have come in the first 15 minutes of the game.
  • Sporting Kansas City are second in goals scored behind the New England Revolution with 56 on the season.
  • SKC have committed 312 fouls this year, which is last in the league. MNUFC are in the middle of the pack with 401.
  • Minnesota United have taken 174 corner kicks, good for sixth in the league, while SKC’s 198 have them ranked second.
  • Kansas City’s nine three-goal games have them just one behind New England for the lead in that category, while Minnesota’s two are just one ahead of last place New York Red Bulls.
  • SKC’s Daniel Salloi is in a four-way tie for second in the Golden Boot race behind Ola Kamara. He and New England’s Adam Buksa are tied for the lead in non-penalty goals with 16 each.
  • Emanuel Reynoso’s 10 assists have him tied for fifth in the league with Aaron Herrera, Mauricio Pereyra and Yeferson Soteldo. He is also third in the league in shots with 89.
  • Robin Lod and Salloi each have five game-winning goals, tying them with Brian White for third in MLS.
  • Salloi is fifth in goals per game in the league at 0.59.
  • Franco Fragapane is averaging 0.53 assists per game, which puts him second in the league behind Carles Gil.
  • Tyler Miller’s save percentage of 76.2% is second in the league behind Philadelphia’s Andre Blake.

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.