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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS


  • Minnesota United have not faced Vancouver Whitecaps FC since July 27, 2019 at Allianz Field. That game ended in a scoreless draw.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Vancouver — along with CF Montréal and Toronto FC — are playing home games in the United States currently. The Whitecaps’ home venue is Rio Tinto stadium, home of Real Salt Lake.
  • MNUFC are unbeaten at home against the Whitecaps in MLS.
  • Minnesota are tied with Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union for second-fewest goals in MLS with three.
  • Since 1999, the only two teams to begin the season with at least four losses and make the playoffs have been CF Montréal and NYCFC in 2020.
  • Minnesota United’s goal difference is currently -7, tying them for worst in the league with Cincinnati. But their expected goal difference — based on the quality of shots they’ve taken and had taken against them — is -1.74. The difference between those numbers, 5.24, is the most lopsided gap in the league.
  • MNUFC are third in total shots with 61, while Vancouver have the fourth fewest at 33.
  • Vancouver are sixth in corner kicks taken with 22 — two more than Minnesota’s 20.
  • The Whitecaps have scored the most goals off penalty kicks so far with two. No other team has more than one, and both were taken and scored by Cristian Dajome.
  • The Loons’ scoring percentage remains at the bottom of MLS at 4.9%. Vancouver score on 15.2% of their shots, good for fifth in the league. At 48.5%, almost half of the Whitecaps’ shots are on frame.
  • The Whitecaps have the third highest save percentage in MLS at 82.4%.
  • Vancouver’s Lucas Cavallini has suffered the most fouls in MLS thus far with 20 — five more than Eric Remedi in second.
  • Maxime Crepeau’s .75 goals against average has him tied for third in the league with Sean Johnson.


MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS


  • Michael Boxall played the 2011 season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC after being taken by the club in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft.
  • MNUFC Technical Director Mark Watson played for Whitecaps FC in 2005, when the club competed in USL.
  • Goalkeeping Coach Stewart Kerr joined Minnesota United following two years with Vancouver from 2017–2018.
  • Several Whitecaps players are on the Canada Men’s National Team’s current roster alongside Dayne St. Clair: goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, defender Cristián Gutiérrez and forward Lucas Cavallini.
  • St. Clair and Vancouver’s Ryan Raposo, Lucas Cavallini and Derek Cornelius all hail from the Toronto area. St. Clair and Cornelius are from Pickering and Ajax, respectively, to the east, and Raposo and Cavallini are from Hamilton and Mississauga to the west.