FIVE THINGS: What to Know Ahead of FC Dallas at Minnesota United FC | 9.23.17

It’s a battle of eighth place FC Dallas taking on ninth place Minnesota United FC. That’s a sentence I never thought I would write this season. Moving on…

FC Dallas (9-8-11, 38 points) plays Minnesota United FC (8-15-5, 29 points) on Saturday, September 23 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. This is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season and Dallas’ first trip to play the Loons in Minneapolis.

Well, Still Streaking

FC Dallas is 0-5-4 in its last nine regular season matches since earning a win in Montreal on July 22. This nine-match winless streak is the fourth longest for Dallas, the longest since going 11 games without a victory. FC Dallas longest winless streak is 13 games, set in 2012. When FC Dallas plays Minnesota on Saturday, Dallas will have gone more than two months without a victory. 

Last Time vs the Loons

FC Dallas dominated Minnesota the last time these two teams met. Javier Morales and Michael Barrios both scored goals en route to a 2-0 win at Toyota Stadium on April 8, 2017.

Gonzalez in Goal

Last Saturday in FC Dallas’ draw against Seattle, goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez had two saves. It was his seventh clean sheet of the season, a career-high and tied for eighth-most in MLS in 2017. It was his first shutout since August 12.

Playoff Probability

With apologies to former NFL head coach Jim Mora, we are going to talk playoffs. FC Dallas is currently below the playoff line and in eighth place in MLS, after spending much of the season near the top of the table. According to FiveThirtyEight, Dallas currently has a 61% chance to make the postseason.

About “the Loons”

Wondering why Minnesota is nicknamed “the Loons”?  The club’s logo features the state bird which is…wait for it…the loon. United’s supporters also called the club “the Loons”, which helped the nickname stick. 
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