When Minnesota United welcomes Austin FC to the Gopher state on Saturday, they will have the chance to extend their unbeaten streak at Allianz Field to seven straight games across all competitions.
The Texans are unbeaten in three consecutive league games after coming back to defeat Sporting Kansas City last weekend, while the Loons have earned at least a point in eight of their past nine MLS matches.
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Many found it confusing when Minnesota renewed Adrian Heath’s contract in June because his team had been inconsistent and outside of the postseason picture up until that time in the regular season.
The Loons have lost only one of their previous 10 games overall, showing that he is the perfect leader for this squad since receiving that vote of confidence.
They currently sit five points over the playoff line and have a two-game lead over Dallas for third with two of their upcoming three games taking place in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Although they played shakily in their most recent match at Allianz Field, drawing the Portland Timbers , Minnesota has often looked structured and compact at home, allowing only once in their three preceding outings in front of their supporters.
It will be crucial for this side to maintain their composure and defend their position against an attack-minded Austin team going into this game, and given the strength of the opposition, we can anticipate them to try to slow the game down as much as they can.
In their previous encounters with the second-year MLS team, the Loons appeared composed on defense, allowing just one goal or fewer in each of their four victories over the Verde and Black, including a victory at home in 2021. Last Saturday, the young comeback players in the capital of Texas pulled off another Houdini, twice falling behind by two goals but ultimately winning all three points.
This club has demonstrated that kind of tenacity and late comebacks throughout the entire season, scoring 16 points when it surrendered the opening goal and 11 when it trailed by two.
With 26 points from 13 road games, Austin has no qualms about playing in hostile territory. They have the best record among MLS teams and appear to be locked into second place in the Western Conference with 48 points six more than third-place Toros.
With only one loss in their last 11 MLS games, Josh Wolff has this club certain they can face any opponent and prevail.
Due to the several players that have helped them succeed in their second season, they are tied with Los Angeles FC in terms of goals scored this year with 13 different players scoring at least once domestically and 15 players picking up at least one assist.
Although the outcome is what matters most, they have had to mount their fair share of spectacular comebacks due to some shaky beginnings, giving up six goals in their last two games, five of which came in the first half.
Despite Austin’s depth, Driussi remains the team’s key component. Without him this weekend against a Minnesota defense that is well-organized and playing at home, along with a hot goalie who appears to have rediscovered his confidence, we anticipate the Loons to continue their strong play and prevail.