First Touches | #MINvCOL
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First Touches | #MINvCOL

MATCHUP QUICK FACTS

  • Minnesota United makes its second-straight MLS Cup Playoff appearance on Sunday. It has qualified as the fourth seed both times.
  • Minnesota has hosted both of its Round One playoff games.
  • The Loons ended the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten run. This is the longest streak without a loss since the club joined MLS.
  • The Rapids and Loons met twice in 2020. They drew 2-2 in the group stage of the MLS Is Back Tournament and MNUFC claimed a 2-1 win at Allianz Field in October.
  • The MNUFC victory came off a last-minute own goal scored by Colorado defender Lalas Abubakar.
  • Minnesota ended the regular season with a 3-0 win over FC Dallas to lock up hosting rights in Round One of the postseason.
  • Kevin Molino, Emanuel Reynoso and Robin Lod all played a role in all three goals.
  • Molino netted two goals and provided an assist against Dallas. It was his third two-goal game this season.
  • Molino led the league with three multi-goal games this season.
  • Molino finished the year tied for the eighth-most goals in MLS with nine.
  • Emanuel Reynoso scored his first MLS goal on Decision Day along with two assists.
  • Robin Lod became the second Loon to provide three assists in a game. He tied Jan Gregus, who set the bar back on June 29, 2019 against FC Cincinnati.
  • Dayne St. Clair ended the season with his sixth clean sheet and sixth win of the year.
  • Minnesota finished the year with the fewest offside calls in the league with 21.
  • The Loons scored multiple goals in 12 games during the regular season, tying them for the second-most in MLS.
  • Minnesota has trailed Colorado for just 17 minutes across both meetings this year.

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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