First Touches | #MINvHOU
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First Touches | #MINvHOU

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota’s games against FC Dallas and Chicago Fire were postponed.
  • This will be the third meeting between Minnesota and Houston this year, and the first at Allianz Field.
  • The Loons and Dynamo last met on September 18 at BBVA Stadium, battling to a 2-2 draw.
  • 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 8,000 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.
  • 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 will be Christian Ramirez’s first game in Minnesota since leaving the club in 2018.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • 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. 21 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.
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