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Preview: Matchday 2 - MNUFC vs Nashville SC

Minnesota returns home and looks for their first win in 2022

Credit: Jack Verdeur

This evening Minnesota United plays their second match of the 2022 season when they play host to Nashville SC. Minnesota’s first match of the season saw them draw one all with Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park in Chester, PA last weekend in the first match of the entire MLS campaign. While a bit early to look at the standings the Loons are currently in 7th place in the Western Conference.

Opposition:

The Loons face Nashville SC in Minnesota’s 2022 home opener at Allianz Field this evening. Nashville currently sits third in the Western Conference after one match with a win after they beat Seattle Sounders last weekend 1-0 at Lumen Field in Seattle. Nashville is in the midst of an eight match road trip before they open up the new Nashville SC Stadium on May 1st.

Manager/Player Thoughts:

“I think they had 19 draws last year and that tells you a lot about them. They don’t give a lot away. They don’t beat themselves,” said Adrian Heath about Nashville SC. “Really well organized, Gary [Smith] has done a great job with them. We know we’re going to have play really well this weekend to get a result. They don’t beat themselves very often and that’s a good trait to have. Especially on the road, they have a really good defensive unit, good defensive shape and then they’ve got the likes of [Hany] Mukhtar and [Randall] Leal who can catch you on the break and got good pace, smart players, take up good positions on the counter-attack. You’re going to have to be fully concentrated on both ends of the field. I know Gary will be more than aware that if we play as well as we can, we cause teams an awful lot of problems at home.”

Injury Report:

Minnesota United FC

Questionable: Abu Danladi (thigh), Chase Gasper (head), Jacori Hayes (thigh), and Romain Métanire (thigh)

Out: Kervin Arriaga (thorax) and Patrick Weah (knee)

Nashville SC

Questionable: None

Out: None