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MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

·       Minnesota United’s last game was a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium in Texas.

·       The win marked Minnesota’s first-ever MLS win over the Dynamo on the road. Previously, their only win at BBVA Stadium was a 3-2 Open Cup victory in the Round of 16 on June 18, 2019.

·       Houston’s Adalberto Carrasquilla scored just 53 seconds into the game. That’s the second-fastest goal MNUFC have ever conceded, behind Anthony Jackson-Hamel’s goal in the 27 second into a game against CF Montréal on July 6, 2019.

·       Fanendo Adi made his first appearance for MNUFC in the game, coming on in the 59th minute and providing an assist on Adrien Hunou’s game-winning goal.

·       Hunou’s game-winner was the second of the season for the Frenchman and gave him his first brace as a Loon.

·       The victory was Minnesota’s second come-from-behind win of the year, the last coming against Portland Timbers on July 24.

·       MNUFC have lost all five games they’ve played in MLS in the regular season or playoffs in Seattle against the Sounders.

·       Seattle have outscored Minnesota 17-5 in those games, with more than half those goals (nine) coming in the final 30 minutes.

·       Seattle forward Raul Ruidiaz leads the Golden Boot race with 14 goals. Midfielder João Paulo is tied for second in assists with eight.

·       Ruidiaz also leads the league in game-winning goals with six. Robin Lod sits in third place with four.

·       If Robin Lod is available and plays, he will pick up on a five-game point streak going back to July 18.

·       Emanuel Reynoso is third in the league with 89 corner kicks. João Paulo is fourth with 78.

·       Seattle’s Fredy Montero is third in shots-on-goal percentage, with 64% of his strikes on frame.

·       Minnesota’s Tyler Miller continues his run at the top of the goals against average leaderboard, only allowing 0.82 goals per game. His seven shutouts have him in third overall in that stat.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

·       Osvaldo Alonso played for Sounders FC for 10 seasons. He made 277 regular season appearances and captained the team to win four U.S. Open Cups, the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and the 2016 MLS Cup.

·       Kelyn Rowe and Hassani Dotson both hail from Federal Way, Washington.

·       MNUFC Technical Director Mark Watson played for Seattle during its USL days, donning the Sounders’ green in 1997.

·       Tyler Miller was in the Sounders FC organization from 2015 through 2017. He started his tenure with Sounders FC 2 and backed up Stefan Frei on the first team in his final two seasons with the club.

·       In 2004, Seattle Sounders Assistant Coach Freddy Juarez played on the Minnesota Thunder with MNUFC Director of Player Personnel Amos Magee. In 2006, he was on the Thunder’s roster alongside Brian Kallman, the brother of current Loon Brent Kallman.

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