First Touches | #SKCvMIN
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First Touches | #SKCvMIN

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • This will be the 11th league meeting between the teams since 2017 and the 15th in all competitions since 2014.
  • The Loons last faced SKC on August 21 at Allianz Field, falling 2-1.
  • This is the first time Minnesota has played Sporting Kansas City three times in a season since 2018.
  • MNUFC and Sporting KC have played all of their meetings while occupying a top-three spot in the Western Conference.
  • With the 3-2 over FC Dallas on Wednesday, the Loons have won consecutive regular season games for the first time since the first round of the MLS is Back Tournament Group Stage.
  • Kevin Molino scored twice for MNUFC in Wednesday’s win and leads the team with five goals this season.
  • Molino (2G/2A), Robin Lod (2G/1A) and Emanuel Reynoso (2A) are all on two-game point streaks.
  • Molino is one of 11 players, along with Luis Amarilla, that have multiple game-winning goals in 2020.
  • Molino is one of five players in the league with two multi-goal games.
  • With 21 goals, Minnesota is tied for the second-most in MLS.
  • Fourteen of the 26 goals in the all-time series between these teams have come in the final 15 minutes of a half.
  • The Loons are averaging 5 shots on goal per game in 2020.
  • Romain Metanire will be unavailable due to receiving a red card against FC Dallas.
  • Minnesota has been caught offside just 10 times, tied for the second-fewest in MLS.
  • The Loons are tied for the league by scoring three or more goals four times.
  • Both Minnesota and Sporting KC are involved in a five-way tie for most multigoal games in the league, scoring two or more goals six times.
  • Molino’s penalty kick goal was Minnesota’s first successful penalty kick this season.
  • Both teams are averaging more than two goals a game.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Ike Opara spent six seasons with Sporting Kansas City, representing the club from 2013 through 2018. He made 127 regular season appearances for SKC, scoring 13 goals and providing five assists.
  • 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.
  • Aaron Schoenfeld played against SKC’s Gadi Kinda for five minutes in the Israeli Premier League when Schoenfeld’s Maccabi Tel Aviv faced Kinda’s FC Ashdod on December 2, 2017. Schoenfeld came on in the 77th minute while Kinda was subbed off in the 83rd minute of a 1-1 draw.
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