Hype: MNUFC at Columbus Crew

Despite the disappointment that inevitably comes with giving up a two-goal lead, Saturday night’s 2-2 draw for a point in Houston was likely the justified result. Each team put up an even 1.98 xG according to MLS’ Ben Baer, meaning that the quality of shots they got added up to just about two goals apiece. Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair put in another strong shift in his fourth start, including the first penalty save of his young career. While the team awaits word on the injury statuses of defender Bakaye Dibassy and midfielder Kevin Molino — both of whom had to come off against Houston — they’ll also be welcoming forward Kei Kamara to the fold. Needing another striker, MNUFC went out and got the fifth all-time leading goalscorer in MLS, giving the Loons yet another big body to target on crosses and set pieces. With the season more or less at its halfway point, MNUFC sit in fourth place in the lonesome and crowded West, three points back from top of the table Seattle and three points up from being on the outside looking in. With the schedule in Phase 3 still up in the air, there’s no time like the present for MNUFC to seize the opportunity to upend the leaders in the Supporters Shield race and snatch another victory from Columbus Crew SC as they did in the Round of 16 in the MLS Is Back Tournament.