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Notebook: Unbeaten in the last 7

The run has actually been fairly good all things considered.

November 4, 2020 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Scenes during the Minnesota United vs Chicago Fire match at Allianz Field.
November 4, 2020 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Scenes during the Minnesota United vs Chicago Fire match at Allianz Field.
(Photo by Andrew Dobin/Northstar Imagery)

While Minnesota United hasn’t been on a super hot win streak as of late the Loons still have done some great things. That namely being a seven match unbeaten streak the team is on and has been riding since the beginning of September. Adrian Heath talked about this post match after a 2-2 draw with Chicago on Wednesday night.

“The one thing I can take out of it, it’s seven games I think that we haven’t lost a game. You know, we’ve kept going. And the response was excellent today in the second half. But, as I said to the players, and I wasn’t being disrespectful, we cannot play at 75 percent and win games. We can’t do it. We’re not that good. And I’m not on about our team. I’m on about teams in the MLS. The parody that there is in this league, if you play, as I say, 75 percent, 80 percent, you’re going to get beat. And it shouldn’t need me at halftime to be as animated and as angry as I am to get that response in the second half. Because it’s nothing to do with the fact that we haven’t played. Yeah, we could use it as an excuse. We haven’t trained together since the last game. The last Wednesday game. I get that. That doesn’t mean you can’t run. That doesn’t mean you can’t fight the guy you’re playing against. And that’s never changed. I played in a really good team. Full of internationals. And we were the same. We dropped it a notch, we were bang average. But we knew, if we wanted to be successful, we knew what it took. And we weren’t prepared to put up with mediocre and 75 percent. And we never let anybody get away with it. And that has never changed. And it never will.”

Jan Gregus is also happy about the unbeaten streak, but also like Heath he knows the team needs more wins and to play better.

“Yeah we are, but on the other hand I think we could do much better with a few of the games and get a win. But in general I think the shape was good. I think, especially second half, from our part was very good in the games and hopefully next game is going to be a full-game [performance] from the start – from the beginning.”

Having a full game performance will be absolutely necessary as the next match is Decision Day followed by the MLS Cup Playoffs. Robin Lod explained why he thought the team started off so poorly against the Fire.

“The last week has been a little bit different. We couldn’t train properly as a team and there were some days off and people training alone and of course that affected us a little bit. As we got the rhythm the second half was much better.”

When it came to the second half the Loons were much better and Adrian Heath noted what changed.

“Attitude. Individuals taking responsibility. Not taking the easy option. Playing on the front foot. Individual battles. It sounds very simple. It’s one of the hardest things to do in modern day football. Everybody is a coach. Everybody knows what to do. Everybody knows what tactics are. I think with Chris Wilder recently it was said, I’m fed up with teams beating us and then everybody talks about the tactics. They never talk about how people want to run. How people want to fight. How people want to play the right ball and get out of your comfort zone. And, if we do that, we’re okay. As we proved second half. I thought some of our play was excellent second half. But, it shouldn’t need me to be as irate and as emotional I was at halftime to get that type of reaction.”