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Minnesota UtdMinnesota United
2-0
AustinAustin FC
Fragapane (10'), Hunou (18')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Romana (16'), Fagundez (39')

Preview: Minnesota United vs. Austin FC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Major League Soccer clash between Minnesota United and Austin FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Minnesota United and Austin FC square off in the MLS on Wednesday looking to move closer to the top seven of the Western Conference standings.

Despite having improved of late, the two clubs currently sit in 11th and 10th place respectively, just above bottom side FC Dallas.


Match preview

Minnesota United FC head coach Adrian Heath on May 30, 2021© Reuters

After last season's appearance in the Conference Finals, everything was set up for Minnesota to enjoy another strong campaign in MLS.

However, Adrian Heath witnessed his side lose their first four fixtures in the Western Conference, putting himself and his players under immediate pressure.

Minnesota have responded by collecting eight points from their next quartet of matches, putting the Loons within touching distance of moving into eighth position.

Nevertheless, Heath knows that there is much work ahead if the club are to reach the heights of 2020, particularly with his side currently possessing one of the worst attacking records in the division.

Only Robin Lod, currently missing from the squad while he represents Finland at Euro 2020, has netted more than once in MLS this season.

At a time when Minnesota head into this fixture on a four-match unbeaten streak, Austin have also come through their last three contests without suffering defeat.

Each of those contests ended in draws, but Josh Wolff will take the positives from securing points against Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City and San Jose Earthquakes.

On the flipside, the newcomers to the division have not won since May 2, a period spanning six games since their 1-0 victory over their upcoming opponents.

While Wolff and his players can take confidence from that result, there will be an acknowledgement that Minnesota have improved significantly since their disappointing opening to the campaign.

Minnesota United Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D

Austin FC Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • D



Team News

Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff shouts at players during the match against Sporting Kansas City on May 9, 2021© Reuters

Wolff could opt to select the same Austin XI after their stalemate with the Earthquakes.

Manny Perez, who is yet to make a start this season, is an alternative to Jared Stroud on the right-hand side of midfield.

Heath may consider bringing in a couple of fresh faces after Minnesota's 1-1 draw with FC Dallas at the weekend.

Emanuel Reynoso is expected to be recalled to the starting lineup, potentially at the expense of Jacori Hayes.

Ramon Abila may also return to the team in place of Adrien Hunou, while Franco Fragapane should keep his spot after netting on his debut.

Minnesota United possible starting lineup:
Miller; Metanire, Boxall, Dibassy, Gasper; Hansen, Dotson, Trapp, Reynoso, Fragapane; Abila

Austin FC possible starting lineup:
Stuver; Lima, Cascante, Besler, Kolmanic; Fagundez, Ring, Pochettino; Perez, Dominguez, Gallagher


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We say: Minnesota United 1-1 Austin FC

While both clubs will view this as an ideal opportunity to get another win on the board, we cannot ignore that they may prioritise avoiding defeat.

With that in mind, do not be surprised if a low-scoring draw plays out at the Allianz Field.


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