First Touches | #MINvCHI
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First Touches | #MINvCHI

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota’s game against FC Dallas on Sunday was postponed.
  • Dayne St. Clair kept his third consecutive clean sheet last week against Nashville SC. He is the first MNUFC goalkeeper to reach that mark
  • St. Clair has not allowed a goal in 290 minutes, the longest goalless run in the club’s MLS tenure. He surpassed Vito Mannone’s previous record of 259 minutes.
  • With a goals against average of 0.88, St. Clair sits fifth in the league.
  • Chase Gasper returns to the squad after serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
  • Michael Boxall is one of seven players in MLS who have played every minute this season.
  • Boxall will make his 90th MNUFC appearance the next time he takes the field for the team.
  • Boxall is 23 minutes from reaching 8000 minutes played for the Loons.
  • The Loons have been caught offside 16 times, the second-fewest in the league.
  • Hassani Dotson made his 40th MLS appearance last week in Nashville.
  • Ethan Finlay returned from injury against Nashville, his first appearance since September 2 at Houston.
  • Finlay’s start was his 150th in MLS regular season play.
  • Finlay leads the Loons with three assists against Chicago in the all-time series between the teams.
  • Kevin Molino will make his 100th MLS appearance the next time he takes the field.
  • Bakaye Dibassy led the Loons with four shots against Nashville. He is tied for the fourth-highest single-game total this year for the Loons.
  • This is just the second time that Chicago Fire FC has faced the Loons in Minnesota, and the first time at Allianz Field.
  • Minnesota has taken twice as many shots against the Fire in the second half of games, 16, than in the first half, eight.
  • Neither team has scored in the first 15 minutes of a match during the all-time series.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Bobby Shuttleworth played for Minnesota from 2017 through 2019. He is the Loons’ all-time leader in appearances (58) and minutes (5088) for goalkeepers, and holds the club career records for wins (19) and saves (219).
  • Francisco Calvo was one of Minnesota’s first MLS signings, playing for the Loons starting in the inaugural season before being traded to Chicago during the 2019 season. The Costa Rica international captained the Loons for most of his tenure, making 60 appearances while scoring five goals and providing four assists.
  • Wyatt Omsberg was drafted 15th overall by Minnesota in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. He made seven appearances for the Loons before joining Chicago in 2020.
  • CJ Sapong was a teammate of Kei Kamara’s with Sporting Kansas City in 2011 and 2012. Sapong was then joined at SKC by Ike Opara, and played with him in 2013 and 2014.
  • Michael Azira was on the Seattle Sounders FC roster with Osvaldo Alonso in 2014 and 2015.
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