Hype: MNUFC vs. Sporting KC

In their new home’s inaugural season in 2019, Minnesota United lost just one game at Allianz Field. So it surely left a bitter taste in the Loons’ mouth when they dropped their 2020 home opener 2-1 to visiting Sporting Kansas City. That loss began a three-game slide that MNUFC was finally able to stop authoritatively with a pair of home wins over Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas. Now Minnesota heads down I-35 to try to do at Children’s Mercy Park what SKC did at Allianz Field a few weeks ago. While MNUFC will still be missing several regular starters, the players who have stepped up have done so admirably, including a developing relationship and understanding in midfield between Jan Gregus and Hassani Dotson. Mason Toye opened his 2020 MLS account at last against FC Dallas and Robin Lod looks reborn on the right side of the attacking midfield. Tying all the strings together is new DP Emanuel Reynoso, who already has two assists and a hand in most of the goals scored in the last two games. With Reynoso growing ever more comfortable with his teammates, the Loons will be aiming for something they’ve never gotten — points at Children’s Mercy Park.