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Loons look for first win in playoff rematch with Rapids

Field Level Media
08 May 2021, 08:55 GMT+10

Minnesota United advanced to the Western Conference final last season but stands as the lone MLS team yet to record a point entering Saturday night's matchup against the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colo.

The results haven't been pretty either as the Loons (0-3-0, 0 points) have been outscored 7-1, including a season-opening 4-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders in the rematch of that West final.

Ensuing one-goal losses to Real Salt Lake and expansion Austin FC have dug a deeper hole.

"We know we need to start to turn results around, but it's a long season and we've got what, 31 games left?" midfielder Hassani Dotson said. "So, I mean, it's a long season ahead of us, but we know that we need to start getting results soon."

Colorado (1-1-1, 4 points) earned its first win last Sunday when it posted a 1-0 triumph over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Sandy, Utah.

Forward Diego Rubio scored on a free kick in the 26th minute and the tally held up.

The contest is also a rematch of a first-round playoff game last season in which the Rapids lost 3-0 to Minnesota United.

"It's obviously just another 90 minutes, just another game, but also, there is something else to it," defender Auston Trusty said of playing the Loons. "There's a lot of hunger, and losing to them in the playoffs, it hurts, you know."

Colorado also has had issues scoring with just two goals so far. Forward Andre Shinyashiki has the other tally.

Coach Robin Fraser isn't caught up with the lack of finding the back of the net.

"It's another opportunity for us to get better and hopefully earn three points at home," Fraser said of the match.

Meanwhile, midfielder Robin Lod is the lone Minnesota United player to score a goal.

Coach Adrian Heath feels it is just a matter of time before the Loons turn things around.

"We've identified certain areas that we think we can improve on, but ultimately we need to get everybody fit and healthy," Heath said. "But we know there's nobody coming with a magic wand. We've got to keep working hard on the training field, try and identify what we think is going wrong and rectify that."

--Field Level Media

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