First Touches | #MINvCIN
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First Touches | #MINvCIN

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota battled to a 0-0 draw on Sunday with Real Salt Lake. It was the third time this season the Loons kept RSL off the board.
  • Dayne St. Clair earned his second MLS clean sheet on Sunday with four saves.
  • Both of St. Clair’s clean sheets have come against RSL.
  • The Loons defeated FC Cincinnati 7-1 at Allianz Field in their first MLS meeting last season.
  • Jan Gregus provided three assists — the gentleman’s hat trick — last time out against FC Cincinnati.
  • Ike Opara, Hassani Dotson, Ethan Finlay and Kevin Molino were the current Loons who netted goals in the 7-1 win.
  • This will be Minnesota’s first game against an opponent not in a playoff spot since September 2 when it traveled to Houston Dynamo.
  • Yuya Kubo is the only FC Cincinnati player with multiple goals this season.
  • FC Cincinnati has scored eight goals this MLS season, the least in MLS. It is the only team with fewer than 10 goals.
  • Both teams have conceded 21 goals in regular season play.
  • Minnesota goalkeepers have made 51 saves, the third-most in the league.
  • FC Cincinnati players have committed 200 fouls this year, the fourth most in MLS.
  • Cincinnati has kept its opponent off the score sheet seven times this year, among the best in the league, only behind Columbus Crew SC’s nine.
  • Raheem Edwards leads MLS with an average of 1.08 assists per 90 minutes played.
  • Frankie Amaya is tied with six cautions for the most in the league.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Saad Abdul-Salaam, Ike Opara and James Musa all were in the Sporting Kansas City organization in 2017.