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Preview: Matchday 6 - MNUFC at Austin FC

After taking their first loss of 2022, the Loons look to rebound in Texas

June 23, 2021 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson (31) performs a soccer move during a game against Austin FC at Allianz Field. (Photo by Tim C McLaughlin)

Coming off their first loss of the 2022 season, Minnesota United heads to the Lone Star State to face Austin FC. The Loons faced Austin three times in last season and went 2-0-1 against them, losing the first meeting 1-0 in St. Paul before taking the last two meetings 2-0 and 1-0 respectively. Minnesota is sitting in 9th place in the Western Conference with eight point through five matches.

Opposition:

Austin FC will host the Loons in first of the clubs two meetings in 2022. Austin also has an identical 2-2-1 record with eight points through their first five matches. Unlike Minnesota, Austin has not had issues scoring. Austin FC has outscored their opponent 13-5 through five matches. Sebastián Driussi leads them with four goals so far this season. Both Cecilio Domínguez and former Loon Ethan Finlay have scored twice this season. Diego Fagúndez leads the team in assists with three while Driussi, Kolmanic, and Pereira all have two assists.

Manager/Player Thoughts:

“They’ve had a good start. It’s a difficult place to play. Great atmosphere within the stadium. They push men forward. We know the way they’re going to play but stopping them is not as easy as it looks,” said Adrian Heath. “I think it’s three games now, they haven’t won in three so maybe we’re catching them at a good time, I don’t know. We know it’s going to be difficult, but we’ll be ready for it.”

Injury Report:

Minnesota United FC

Questionable: None

Out: Chase Gasper (SABH), Patrick Weah (knee, out for season)

Austin FC

Questionable: None

Out: Jhohan Romaña (hamstring)