Minnesota United FC vs. FC Dallas – Football Match Preview -September 10, 2020.FC Dallas and Minnesota United face each other for the second time in 12 days on Wednesday night when the Loons host the Toros in Saint Paul, Minn. CLECK HERE TO WATCH LIVE STREAM FREE
Dallas defeated Minnesota 3-1 in Frisco, Texas, on Aug. 29 with Fafa Picault and Jesus Ferreira turning up the 106-degree heat at Toyota Stadium with goals just a minute apart in the first 12 minutes and Reto Ziegler sealing the victory with a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time.But the Toros , who battled Western Conference leading Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 2, will be limping into Allianz Field with a handful of starters battling injuries.
Picault (hamstring) and midfielder Paxton Pomykal (season-ending labrum surgery) missed the draw with Sporting K.C. while three other starters goalie Jimmy Maurer, defender Matt Hedges and midfielder Bryan Acosta .
were subbed out in the first half. Maurer and Acosta have muscle injuries while Hedges had concussion symptoms.Kyle Zobeck, a 30-year-old Iowa native who had one save in his MLS debut after replacing Maurer, is expected to make the start in goal on Wednesday as Dallas tries to extend its unbeaten streak to five games.
“We just have to keep moving forward, and that’s what having a full roster and team is all about,” FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said, according to mlssoccer.com. “We’ve got a very competitive team. I’d say we have two to three players in every position. And that’s what we’re all about. We’re planning on having guys step up now.”
Minnesota (4-3-2, 14 points), picked up its first home win of 2020 in convincing fashion on Sunday, scoring four second-half goals in a 4-0 victory over Real Salt Lake to snap a four-game losing streak. Robin Lod scored two goals, Dayne St. Clair had three saves in his MLS debut and highly touted attacking midfielder Emanuel “Bebelo” Reynoso, signed on a transfer from Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors, had an assist in his MLS starting debut.
Despite the recent losing streak, the Loons are in third place in the West, just three points behind Sporting K.C.”It was a huge game for us,” Minnesota coach Adrian Heath said. “I was aware of (the losing streak), because the more it carries on, the more people start jumping on the bandwagon. I know what it is. I know what my job is: winning games.”
FC Dallas added League Pool Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon to the club’s roster for tonight’s road match against Minnesota United at Allianz Field. Lyon has cleared all MLS health and safety protocol guidelines and undergone the same COVID-19 testing procedures as all other players in the organization since his arrival to the club on September 4.
Lyon will also be added to the roster for Saturday’s home match against Houston Dynamo on September 12 at 7:30PM CT.Lyon, 28, was selected 75th overall by Seattle Sounders FC in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft selection after spending four years at Marquette University. He appeared in 42 games while on loan for Tacoma Defiance during the 2015 and 2016 seasons and 31 appearances for Orange Country SC.
Lyon joined Los Angeles Football Club for its inaugural MLS campaign in 2018 and became an MLS League Pool Goalkeeper last season. Transaction: FC Dallas adds League Pool Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon for Sept. 9 road match vs. Minnesota United and Sept. 12 home match vs. Houston Dynamo.
Full name: Charlie Lyon
DOB: April 10, 1992 (28 years old)
Hometown: St. Charles, Illinois
Birthplace: St. Charles, Illinois
Weight: 215 lbs.
College: Marquette University