Loons look to overcome persistent woes at FC Dallas

Minnesota United’s track record at Dallas is dreadful.

Since joining MLS in 2017, the Loons are 0-4 on the road against FC Dallas. Minnesota has lost each game by multiple goals and are minus-8 in goal differential, including a 3-1 loss last season.

Minnesota (2-4-1) will get a fifth chance against FC Dallas (1-3-3) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

“The games we’ve played there have always been difficult and I don’t expect anything different,” Loons manager Adrian Heath said this week. “I think the teams are quite evenly matched and the fact that they’re below us in the table, but it’s really tight, has a lot of incentive going into it.”

Dallas is beatable at home, having won only one of four games this season. They are hoping new Argentine defensive midfielder Facundo Quignon can help turn things around for the present Western Conference basement dwellers.

The Loons did not have Emanuel Reynoso (knee) and Ozzie Alonso (thigh) on their injured list Friday after they missed the last game on May 29. This is encouraging news for the club as both players were limited in practice before this week.

However, Minnesota will have three players away on international duty at the European Championships. The absences of Robin Lod, Jukka Raitala and Jan Gregus make MNUFC the only team outside of Europe to send three plays to the Euros.

Minnesota hopes to have its own brand new Argentine difference-maker take the field, with winger Franco Fragapane set to join after missing the Real Salt Lake game at the end of May due to a paperwork issue with his country’s federation.

“Playing down in Dallas in the summer is never an easy feat,” defender Chase Gasper said. “We’re conscious of that, but we’re going to get a result.”

The Loons’ poor showing in Frisco includes a 5-3 loss in 2019. Minnesota had a nine new starters after coming off a U.S. Open Cup win midweek, but gave up two late goals and had Mason Toye red-carded for spitting on Reggie Cannon in the chaotic 5-3 defeat.

After only one game since May 15, the Loons will have three across eight days. They follow it with Austin FC at Allianz Field on Wednesday and a road game at Portland Timbers next Saturday.

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