First Touches | #HOUvMIN
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First Touches | #HOUvMIN


  • Minnesota last faced Houston on September 2, suffering a 3-0 loss at BBVA Stadium.
  • This is the second of three consecutive road games for the Loons. They will finish off the road trip against the current Eastern Conference leaders, Columbus Crew SC.
  • MNUFC will have played eight of its 11 games through Phase 2, not including the MLS is Back Tournament, on the road.
  • Bakaye Dibassy made his first start for MNUFC on Sunday’s game against Sporting Kansas City.
  • Michael Boxall is the only MNUFC player to be on the field for every minute of the regular season.
  • With his next appearance, Boxall will become Minnesota’s all-time leader in the category. He is currently tied with Miguel Ibarra at 84 appearances for the Loons.
  • Minnesota had a season-low six total shots and zero shots on target against SKC on Sunday.
  • Marlon Hairston has tallied two goals and an assist in five career appearances against the Houston Dynamo.
  • Kevin Molino’s five goals on the year has him tied for seventh in the league.
  • Molino is one of six players this season to score multiple goals in multiple games.
  • Jan Gregus is in a four-way tie for fifth in MLS with five assists.
  • Darwin Quintero sits just above Gregus with six assists, tying him for second in the league.
  • Alberth Elis is averaging 0.95 goals per 90 minutes played.
  • Both the Loons and Dynamo have racked up 20 assists this season.
  • Jose Aja made his 50th MLS appearance on Sunday. His next start will be his 50th in that category.
  • Houston has outshot Minnesota 143 to 71 in this all-time regular season series.
  • Minnesota has not scored in the opening 15 minutes of a game against Houston.
  • Both Gregory Ranjitsingh and Marko Maric set series single-game saves records in the last meeting, with eight and four respectively.


  • 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. Twenty-one 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.