FC Cincinnati vs. Minnesota United | 2020 MLS Match Preview
2020 MLS Regular Season – Week 20
FC Cincinnati vs. Minnesota United
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati
October 24 – 7:30 PM ET
STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US; on DAZN in Canada
LOCAL TV: Star64, FOX Sports North
Desperate for three points to stay in the chase for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, FC Cincinnati host a Minnesota United squad unbeaten in their last five in the first-ever match between the sides at Nippert Stadium Saturday night.
FC Cincinnati (4W-11L-4D) are coming off a devastating 2-1 home defeat to D.C. United Sunday, while the Loons (6W-5L-6D) squandered a two-goal lead to settle for a third draw in the last four games, playing the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 home stalemate Sunday.
This is the second meeting this season, with Minnesota United winning 2-0 at Allianz Field Oct. 3 with Kei Kamara and Kevin Molino scoring a goal in each half.
In a six-pointer below the playoff line in the East, FC Cincinnati rallied to equalize through Brandon Vazquez, only to concede the decisive goal 12 minutes later to fall to D.C. United 2-1. It is FC Cincy's fifth loss in their last six games.
"The thing is, you make it difficult for yourself to win games and get points if you concede goals like that," Jaap Stam said after the match, referring to Donovan Pines' opening goal in the 36th minute. "Then, you need to get back to the game. You need to chase it. You need to score. You need to equalize, which we do. Then after that, it happened again, which is very disappointing. If we keep on doing this, and in other games we’ve had it as well, it is becoming difficult to get points."
Ethan Finlay set the tone by scoring twice in the opening half hour, but Minnesota United conceded twice after halftime, including Niko Hansen's equalizer seven minutes from time in a disappointing 2-2 draw at Allianz Field Sunday night.
“Even in the first half, we looked like what we were. A team that hadn’t done an awful lot in two weeks, didn’t look sharp, didn’t look focused,”Adrian Heath said after the match. “With the start that we had, I thought that we were going to get away with it, but as the game wore on our decision making got worse and worse. At the end I was quite thankful that we got a point, to be honest.”
Series Matchup at FC Cincinnati
- This is the first all-time matchup between FC Cincinnati and Minnesota United at Nippert Stadium.