FC Dallas-Minnesota United Preview
An uptick in offense has Minnesota United FC on its most successful run of the league season.
United looks to continue its surge with a fourth consecutive MLS victory on Saturday night against an FC Dallas side that has not won a road contest since April.
From April 24-June 8, Minnesota (9-7-3) managed just six goals during a 3-4-2 league stretch. In the three MLS games that followed, United has outscored its opponents 13-4 while going undefeated during that span.
Minnesota also showed its resilience during last weekend's 3-2 win at Montreal. Twice United faced a one-goal deficit, but Mason Toye's second goal of the game in the 47th minute put the visitors up for good.
"I just kept saying that we have to keep faith with the people we have, keep believing in them," coach Adrian Heath told Minnesota's official website. "Because, we were creating chances in games. Now, we start to create chances and we're taking a good percentage of them. It's hopefully onwards and upwards."
It's been that way for second-year forward Toye, who has three goals in four MLS games this season.
"We've always said that he's an incredible athlete and we've always said that if he can pick up, during games, where and when to run, we feel as though we have a chance," Heath said of Toye's play.
After stepping away from the league in mid-week for some U.S. Open Cup action, Toye and Co. turn their attention to FC Dallas (8-7-5), who is one point behind Minnesota in the Western Conference table, but has posted three clean sheets while going 3-1-0 against United in the two previous season.
Dallas improved to 3-1-2 since June 1 following last week's 2-0 victory over D.C. United. Santiago Mosquera and Dominique Badji scored for Dallas, which naturally turned some heads around the league by beating one of the top squads in MLS.
However, that victory might not mean much if Dallas can't turn things around on the road, where it's 0-4-1 since a 2-1 victory at Atlanta United FC on April 20. A visit to Allianz Field, which is a new pitch but already boasts one of the biggest home-field advantages in MLS, likely won't make ending that rut any easier.
"It's going to be a tough game," defender Reto Ziegler told FC Dallas' official website. "(But), we're going to be ready to face them and show off the football like we (have) this season."
Badji has recorded three of his five MLS goals this season in his last four matches for Dallas.
Updated July 11, 2019