clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Preview: Matchday 4 - MNUFC vs San Jose Earthquakes

MNUFC is one of 7 remaining unbeaten teams, can they keep the streak going tonight?

Fans left behind scarves in The Wonderwall as the they were evacuated from the open air sections of the stadium. The Minnesota United vs Nashville SC match at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn., on Saturday, March 5, 2022 was put on hold. The game was on paused for approximately 70 minutes because of nearby lightning strikes. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

Minnesota United FC comes into tonight’s home match against San Jose Earthquakes with a 1-2-0 record and 5 points so far in 2022. The Loons have not lost yet this season and won 1-0 last weekend against New York Red Bulls in Harrisnon, NJ at Red Bull Arena. That win kept MNUFC in 7th place in the Western Conference after last weekend.

Opposition:

Tonight’s opponent in the San Jose Earthquakes enter the match with an 0-1-2 record and just a single point through three matches so far in this season. The Quakes have had a better start to the season in scoring than Minnesota as they have scored four goals to the Loons three. Defensively, San Jose has struggled, giving up 8 goals in three games while the Loons have given up two in three games and held a clean sheet. Former Minnesota defender Francisco Calvo has scored two of those three goals, while teammate and another former Loon in Ján Greguš has gotten two of the teams three assists.

Manager/Player Thoughts:

“It’s never easy and never predictable with San Jose. They’re a mixed bag. The first game against the Red Bulls [New York], the score line really didn’t reflect the game. They had a lot more play in that game than people would’ve thought. Obviously, then they come and get the three-three against Columbus and played a man down. This weekend, they go to Philly [Philadelphia], which we know is never easy,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath on about the Quakes.

“I’m sure there’s always a little extra on the line if you play against a former team. Those guys are definitely going to bring it. Jackson Yueill included,” Brent Kallman said. “Hometown kid, he wants to put on a show for his friends and family, I’m sure. I think we’ll get their best, which is good. It should bring out the best of us.”

Injury Report:

Minnesota United FC

Questionable: Eric Dick (thorax), Oniel Fisher (thigh), Franco Fragapane (thigh)

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

San Jose Earthquakes

Questionable: None

Out: Gilbert Fuentes (personal); Giad Haji (right knee); Nathan (left knee); Shea Salinas (right knee); Jack Skahan (right knee)