Thursday, March 30, 2023
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MLS Preview: Minnesota United FC (1-0-1) at Colorado Rapids (0-2-1)

Colorado is unbeaten in its six all-time home games against Minnesota United FC, including wins in each of the last five home fixtures. the Rapids have only three longer regular-season home win streaks against a single team in club history with the most recent being a six-game streak against Vancouver (2013-16).

The Rapids are coming off a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, the team’s third consecutive game without scoring a goal to start the 2023 season. Only two teams, the 2015 version of the Rapids and Toronto FC in 2007, have started a season with four straight goalless games.

Minnesota United FC completed 172 of its 350 attempted passes (49.1%) in its 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls. They are the only MLS ince 2010 to complete less than half their passes in a single MLS game nd set a club record for lowest passing accuracy (previously 55%vs Los Angeles Football Club in 2019).

Making his season debut against San Jose, Bryan Acosta led the Rapids with nine tackles. It was the most tackles by a Rapids player since April 2017(Dillon Powers – 11 vs Orlando City SC) and the most by an MLS player in a season debut since 2021(Alexander Ring – 10, Marco Farfan – 9).

Bongokuhle Hlongwane scored Minnesota United FC’s lone goal against the New York Red Bulls Saturday, his first of the season, his first of the season and third of his MLS career. Hlongwane is the first South African player to score in MLS in consecutive season since Danleigh Borman scored in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for the New York Red Bulls.

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