First Touches | #NSHvMIN
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First Touches | #NSHvMIN

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Kei Kamara scored his first MNUFC goal on Saturday night against FC Cincinnati. He converted a penalty kick in the 16th minute for the eventual game-winning goal.
  • Kamara’s goal made him the oldest goalscorer in club history at 36 years old and 32 days.
  • Kamara’s penalty kick was the Loons’ second successful attempt of the season.
  • The penalty was Kamara’s 130th goal in MLS. He is three behind Jaime Moreno for fourth all-time.
  • Kamara is the first player to score a goal for eight MLS teams.
  • Kevin Molino returned from injury as a second-half substitute against FC Cincinnati to score his seventh goal of the season.
  • Molino is tied for the fourth-most goals in the league.
  • Molino is averaging 0.86 goals per 90 minutes played, the sixth-best rate in the league.
  • Emanuel Reynoso provided his third assist of the year on Molino’s goal. He is part of a four-way tie for the second-most on the squad with Molino, Raheem Edwards and Romain Metanire.
  • Edwards leads the league with 1.08 assists per 90 minutes played.
  • Dayne St. Clair made three saves against Cincinnati to earn his third win and third clean sheet of the season.
  • St. Clair has a 1.00 goals against average, tying him for seventh-best in MLS.
  • St. Clair is sixth in the league with a 74.3% save rate.
  • This will be the first-ever meeting between MNUFC and Nashville SC.
  • Nashville SC has scored 11 goals this season, the fewest of any team currently in a playoff spot.
  • Daniel Rios is the lone Nashville player with multiple goals this season.
  • Nashville and Minnesota have been caught offside 15 and 16 times, respectively, this season, the second and third fewest behind Portland Timbers’ 14.
  • Nashville has scored multiple goals in just one game this season, a 4-2 win over Atlanta United on September 12.
  • The Loons are third in the league in saves, with three goalkeepers combining to stop 54 shots.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Abu Danladi played three seasons for MNUFC, from 2017 through 2019, after being selected first overall as the club’s first-ever SuperDraft pick. He made 67 appearances, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists for the Loons.
  • Eric Miller played for the Loons in 2018 and 2019 and grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota. The defender made 24 appearances for the club.
  • Nashville broadcaster Jamie Watson played for Minnesota during its second division tenure. He made 44 appearances for the Loons and Stars, scoring five goals.
  • Joe Willis and Marlon Hairston were teammates on the Houston Dynamo roster in 2019.
  • Dominique Badji and Hairston played for Colorado Rapids from 2015 through 2018. They both spent time on loan with Charlotte Independence in 2015.
  • Jalil Anibaba played with Osvaldo Alonso for Seattle Sounders FC in 2014, then teamed up with Ike Opara at Sporting Kansas City in 2015.
  • Jimmy Medranda and Opara both played for SKC from 2014 through 2018.
  • Kevin Molino's nickname, "Nash," is unrelated to Nashville.