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Loon Landings: Minnesota has a clear road to the playoffs

Last night’s results have setup MNUFC perfectly for the playoffs

October 31, 2021 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10) takes a corner kick during the match against Sporting KC at Allianz Field. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

The results in the past few days have played very well into the hands of Minnesota United FC. On the brink of facing a near guarantee of missing the playoffs, MNUFC has done the improbable, with a little hep from others. Real Salt Lake lost both matches they played in the past week, Saturday to San Jose and last night to Portland.

Then Sunday the Loons defeated Sporting Kansas City before playoff contenders, the LA Galaxy and LAFC, drew with Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps respectively. The Loons could technically still miss the playoffs, but now have the easiest way into the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.

After Monday’s results from Major League Soccer, with the Galaxy drawing the Sounders, Sunday’s LAvMIN match has now become even more important. LA can lock up a playoff spot by winning while Minnesota locks one up by well, just not losing. The shift in importance also came with a shift in TV Network carrying the match. The match will now be aired on Fox Sports 1 and FOX Deportes rather than Bally Sports North. As with all 2021 Decision Day matches in the Western Conference it will kick off at 5 PM CT. Due to the TV network change the match will not air on MLS Live on ESPN+, but will have a local radio broadcast on SKOR North.