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FC Dallas aim to find success at Minnesota United

Field Level Media
15 May 2021, 10:19 GMT+10

FC Dallas will attempt to get back on the winning track when they battle Minnesota United FC on Saturday in a Western Conference matchup in Saint Paul, Minn.

Minnesota United have won their past two matches against FC Dallas after losing five of the first seven meetings. The past four encounters have seen each team score 10 goals.

FC Dallas have yet to win at Allianz Field in three matches at the Loons' home pitch.

FC Dallas (1-1-2, 5 points) return to the pitch for the first time since rallying for a 1-1 draw at home against Houston in the season's first Texas Derby match. After conceding an early penalty-kick goal, Dallas recorded the equalizer in the 42nd minute on a tally by Jader Obrian.

"I saw us do positive things first half," Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said after match. "We did well to control the game with possession. We got more crosses, we got more shots in the first half but we didn't sustain it."

It was Obrian's second goal of the season as the 25-year-old Colombian's combination of speed, timing and finishing is making him a tough man to mark for opposition defenses.

"Jader is an electric player. He plays with a lot of intensity, changes of rhythm and speed," Gonzalez said. "He's really improved for us, not just the ability to play on the line and make runs into the box, but to play in between lines as well."

The Loons (1-4-0, 3 points) look to continue the momentum they built on Wednesday in a 1-0 home victory over Vancouver. Minnesota worked its way through some early jitters and uneven play before settling down and producing the victory via on Ramon Abila's first MLS goal in the 72nd minute.

Abila, an Argentine national in his first MLS season, entered the game as substitute in the 65th minute and immediately helped Minnesota change the pace of the game. His header found the net after a curling crossing pass from Robin Lod.

"It's a huge relief for everybody concerned, more importantly, the players," Minnesota coach Adrian Heath said after Wednesday's win. "When I look at the season, I have days where I scratch my head because we haven't played at times to be 0-4. But that's where we were. I know pressure starts to build on the players."

--Field Level Media

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