It’s time for a crucial midseason MLS showdown as Minnesota United plays host Wednesday to New England.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff at Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.
New England (7-5-7, 28 points) is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference — good enough for a playoff berth — but the team is only four points clear of being out of the postseason picture. In addition, New England is coming off a 3-2 loss at home to the Los Angeles Galaxy in its last game. The Revolution are 1-2-4 in road games this season.
Minnesota United (7-11-1, 22 points) stand ninth in the West and out of the playoffs if the season ended today — but only six points out of a playoff spot.
Minnesota, in the middle of a three-game homestand, has been strong on home turf, going 6-3-1 (as opposed to 1-8-0 on the road).
Expect New England to be ready to atone for the tough home loss.
“(The Revolution) are a really good team,” Minnesota defender Francisco Calvo said. “We need to think about us more than them. We are really strong when we play at TCF Bank Stadium, so we have to keep it that way.”
New England has gotten a big offensive year from Teal Bunbury, who leads the team with 10 goals. Cristian Penilla has eight goals and five assists, while Diego Fagundez has six goals and a team-best seven assists. Penilla will miss the game, as he is suspended through Thursday after being ejected in the 23rd minute of the loss to the Galaxy.
Darwin Quintero is the leading scorer for Minnesota with seven goals, four of which have come in the last three games. Miguel Ibarra has five goals and a team-high five assists this season, while Christian Ramirez rounds out the top three scorers with four goals.
—Field Level Media