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Preview: Minnesota United faces “six point game” against FC Dallas

The Loons will look to maintain a positive run of form against a Western Conference foe.

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A scrum in front of the goal during Minnesota United’s 1-0 loss to FC Dallas
Tim C McLaughlin

It feels like every one of Minnesota United’s games are important these days.

The Loons are riding a six-game winning streak in all competitions, a strong run of form that is happening at the best time.

Just a few days after defeating New Mexico United in the US Open Cup quarterfinals, United hosts FC Dallas in a key Western Conference matchup. The Loons sit fourth in the Western Conference with Dallas just a position and a point behind.

The game provides a chance for Minnesota to gain some direct separation from their other playoff competitors and potentially overtake the Seattle Sounders, two points ahead in third place.

“They are the six point games, right?” winger Ethan Finlay told reporters earlier in the week. “If you drop three to them, those are three that you couldn’t have and now they are either extending a point lead that they already have on you or they’re catching you and they’re on your tail.”

Manager Adrian Heath had previously called United’s matchup against the San Jose Earthquakes his side’s most important of the season, but believes Saturday’s carries similar weight in the playoff race.

“It is [important] because [in] the Western Conference, everybody keeps winning,” Heath said. “Incredibly important and it’s not going to be easy but if we’re at home, I fancy us against anybody.”

Heath should have the benefit of a healthy roster for the game. Forward Abu Danladi is the lone player on the injury report with a questionable status, but the Pioneer Press’ Andy Greder reported that Danladi will be with USL League One affiliate Forward Madison for their game this weekend.

All-star right back Romain Metanire is back in Minnesota after a lengthy African Cup of Nations run with Madagascar.

Game Information

Start Time: 7:00p CT

Location: Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

TV: Fox Sports North +

Radio: SKOR North (AM 1500)

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