First Touches | #HOUvMIN
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First Touches | #HOUvMIN


  • In 2019, the home team in both MLS meetings between Houston and Minnesota claimed a shutout victory.
  • A different player has scored every one of the Loons’ goals against the Dynamo in league play.
  • The Loons also faced the Dynamo in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup, coming from behind to win 3-2 on the road in a Round of 16 clash.
  • Alberth Elis leads Houston with four goals all-time against Minnesota.
  • Minnesota has put the ball in the back of the net in the 55th minute in two consecutive games. An own goal against Sporting Kansas City on August 21 was followed up with a Hassani Dotson strike against FC Dallas last Saturday, August 29.
  • Dotson’s goal against Dallas was his first of the 2020 campaign.
  • Dotson now has two career goals against FC Dallas.
  • Jan Gregus provided his team-leading fifth assist on Dotson’s goal.
  • Gregus is second in MLS in the assist category, behind Toronto FC’s Alejandro Pozuelo at seven.
  • Houston’s Darwin Quintero is tied for third in the league with four assists.
  • The Dynamo claimed their first win on the year last week, trouncing Sporting Kansas City 5-2 on the road.
  • Marlon Hairston has tallied two goals and an assist in five career appearances against Houston Dynamo.
  • Houston went 0-1-2 in the MLS is Back Tournament Group Stage and failed to qualify for the knockout round.
  • This is Minnesota’s second-consecutive game in Texas.
  • This will be the first of two midweek games against Texas-based teams. The Loons will host FC Dallas on Wednesday, September 9.
  • Minnesota is tied for fourth most goals and yellow cards in the league, with 14 and 18 respectively.
  • Both Houston and Minnesota have scored three or more goals in a game twice this season.
  • The Loons are currently averaging two goals a game, tied for the third-best average in MLS.
  • Marlon Hairston joined MNUFC in a trade with Houston Dynamo involving Darwin Quintero.


  • Christian Ramirez played for Minnesota United from 2013 through 2018. He scored 74 goals across all competitions for the Loons and is the club’s all-time leading scorer. 21 of his goals came in MLS actions, tied for the franchise record.
  • Darwin Quintero played the 2018 and 2019 MLS Seasons with Minnesota. He scored the first hat trick in the MLS era for Minnesota and holds almost all of the club’s offensive records including goals, assists, shots and shots on goal.
  • Marlon Hairston played the 2019 season with Houston, making 12 appearances before joining MNUFC.
  • Cody Cropper is a native of Maple Grove, Minnesota.
  • Darwin Ceren and Kevin Molino were teammates on Orlando City SC from 2014 through 2016.