First Touches | #MINvRSL
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First Touches | #MINvRSL

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota and RSL last met on July 17 in the MLS is Back Tournament. The teams battled to a scoreless draw in the second ground of the Group Stage.
  • The previous meeting of these teams is the Loons’ only scoreless draw of the season.
  • RSL and the Houston Dynamo are the only teams who have held Minnesota scoreless this year.
  • Emanuel Reynoso made his MNUFC debut on Wednesday against Houston, coming on as a sub in the 71st minute.
  • Raheem Edwards, Marlon Hairston and James Musa all made their first starts for the Loons on Wednesday.
  • This will be just Minnesota’s second game at Allianz Field this year.
  • It has been nearly one year since these two teams last met at Allianz Field, when Minnesota claimed a 3-1 win on September 15, 2019.
  • Jan Gregus continues to lead MLS this season with 40 corner kicks.
  • Gregory Ranjitsingh made a career-high eight saves in Wednesday’s loss to Houston Dynamo. It is the highest single-game total for MNUFC this season.
  • Ranjitsingh has faced 18 shots on goal in his last two games, one behind Tyler Miller’s season total of 19.
  • The Loons faced just two shots on goal from RSL the last time they met.
  • Robin Lod took four shots in the previous meeting with RSL, tied for the second-most by a Loons player this year.
  • Real Salt Lake fouled Kevin Molino four times in their Group Stage matchup. Molino has been fouled four or more times in three games this season.
  • No MNUFC player has been caught offside more than once in a game this season.
  • Minnesota has not lost to Real Salt Lake since June 17, 2017, a 1-0 defeat in the final minutes at Rio Tinto Stadium
  • The Loons claimed their first-ever MLS win against RSL with a 4-2 result on April 1, 2017.
  • Ethan Finlay has three goals and an assist in his career against RSL.
  • RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath is 0-1-1 all-time against the Loons.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Luke Mulholland played for Minnesota United during the NASL era of the club’s history. He joined the team late in 2011, helping it to the 2011 NASL Championship.
  • Aaron Schoenfeld and Justin Meram played together on the Columbus Crew from 2012–2015.
  • Jan Gregus is teammates with Albert Rusnak on the Slovakia National Team.
  • Chase Gasper, Dayne St. Clair and Zac MacMath played collegiate ball with the Maryland Terrapins.
  • MacMath overlapped with Marlon Hairston during his time backing up goalkeeper Tim Howard with Colorado from 2015–2018.
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