First Touches | #MINvCOL
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First Touches | #MINvCOL

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • This will be the second meeting between these two teams in 2020. The Loons and Rapids battled to a 2-2 draw in the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament.
  • Ethan Finlay scored both of Minnesota’s goals in the last meeting with the Rapids.
  • Kei Kamara, who then played for the Rapids, scored the opening goal against the Loons.
  • Minnesota is currently unbeaten in its last five games, extending the streak with a 1-0 win against FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
  • Aaron Schoenfeld scored the game-winning goal in Cincinnati. It was his first goal for MNUFC.
  • Brent Kallman came into the game on Saturday as a second-half substitute, his first appearance since September 1, 2019 at LAFC.
  • Jan Gregus is averaging 0.40 assists per game, tied for the seventh best rate in MLS.
  • Finlay has scored on 33.3% of his shots this season.
  • Dayne St. Clair has the third-best goals against average in MLS, with 0.90.
  • St. Clair earned his fifth clean sheet and fourth win in ten appearances for Minnesota on Saturday.
  • Colorado has played just 14 games this season.
  • The Rapids returned to action for the first time in over a month when they faced Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Colorado suffered a 4-0 road loss at Children’s Mercy Park.
  • Both teams have scored on 12.5% of their shots.
  • Both Colorado and Minnesota have received two red cards this season.

MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS

  • Kei Kamara played for the Rapids in 2019 and part of 2020 before being traded to Minnesota.
  • Michael Boxall and Deklan Wynne are members of the New Zealand national team.
  • Lalas Abubakar played with Ethan Finlay for the first part of the 2017 season on Columbus Crew SC, before Finlay was traded to Minnesota.
  • Diego Rubio and Ike Opara were teammates on Sporting Kansas City from 2016 though 2018.
  • Nicolas Mezquida spent 2018 with Jose Aja on Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
  • Collen Warner was a part of Minnesota’s roster for its inaugural season in MLS in 2017 and stayed with the team through 2018, playing 42 games in total with a goal and an assist.
  • Marlon Hairston was a member of the Colorado Rapids from 2014–2018.
  • Raheem Edwards played with Clint Irwin and Drew Moor for Toronto in 2017.
  • Jacori Hayes and Kellyn Acosta played together for FC Dallas in 2017 and 2018.
  • Chase Gasper, Jonathan Lewis and Sam Vines were called up to the USMNT for the January 2020 camp and game against Costa Rica.
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