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May 13, 2021 at 2am UK at Allianz Field
Minnesota UtdMinnesota United
1-0
VancouverVancouver Whitecaps
Abila (72')
Boxall (29'), Abila (74'), Alonso (90+4')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Gaspar (31'), Alexandre (58'), Cornelius (76')

Preview: Minnesota United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - prediction, team news, lineups

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

Minnesota United will look to turn their Major League Soccer season around when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday at Allianz Field.

The Loons have started the season losing their first four matches, while the Whitecaps earned their second victory of the year, beating Montreal 2-0 last Saturday.


Match preview

Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath yells to his team during the second half between FC Dallas and the Minnesota United at Toyota Stadium in August 2020© Reuters

Losing their opening four games is not what many expected to see from a Loons side who have finished in the top four of the Western Conference standings over their past two campaigns.

The last time they had a worse beginning to a season was in their inaugural campaign in MLS back in 2017, when they lost three of their opening four fixtures.

Minnesota have never lost at home to the Whitecaps since joining Major League Soccer, and they will hope that trend continues as they look to turn their season around.

Manager Adrian Heath had a decorated career as a player in England, winning the league twice plus an FA Cup.

Still, so far, his coaching record in Major League Soccer has been anything but impressive, compiling 58 losses in four seasons in charge, although they have had a winning record over the past two campaigns.

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos directs his team against the Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in September 2020© Reuters

After a hard-fought victory in their opening match against the Timbers, Marc Dos Santos saw his side take a step back, squandering a lead late in the game to Toronto FC, then losing to the Colorado Rapids before beating CF Montreal.

The Montreal-born coach has stressed the importance of containing teams in transition, something they have struggled to do consistently early on.

The Caps have done most of their damage off set-pieces, scoring four of their five goals this season off free kicks, corners or from the penalty spot.

Striker Cristian Dajome notched both goals in their victory over Montreal on Saturday, while goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau picked up his second clean sheet.

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

Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W



Team News

Seattle Sounders FC defender Nouhou (5) and Minnesota United FC midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10) have words during the first half at Lumen Field on April 17, 2021© Reuters

Minnesota centre-back Bakaye Dibassy and winger Niko Hansen could both miss a fifth straight match with a hamstring problem.

Emmanuel Reynoso led the team in assists last season but has failed to create much in his first four games, while central midfielder Will Trapp is hoping to get his game back to the level it was in 2016, when he was an MLS all-star.

The Whitecaps will be without centre-back Erik Godoy with a calf strain, while Leonard Owusu and Tosaint Ricketts are questionable with muscle injuries.

Defender Ali Adnan is still trying to get his visa situation sorted out, as the Whitecaps have missed his offensive presence so far this season after leading the team in assists in 2020.

Minnesota United possible starting lineup:
St. Clair; Metanire, Boxall, Raitala, Gasper; Alonso, Trapp; Lod, Reynoso, Finlay; Agudelo

Vancouver Whitecaps possible starting lineup:
Crepeau; Gaspar, Veselinovic, Rose, Gutierrez; Dajome, Bikel, Teibert, Caicedo; Alexandre, Cavallini


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We say: Minnesota United 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

Minnesota have never lost to the Whitecaps at home in the MLS regular season, holding them scoreless in their past two trips to Allianz Field.

As bad as Minnesota have been in their opening four games, they have a team that is capable of turning things around and should be able to catch the Whitecaps on the counter, which is one area Marc Dos Santos and his team are still looking to get right.



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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

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