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Minnesota United-Real Salt Lake Preview
No matter how it's getting things done, Minnesota United FC is flying high amid the longest winning streak in the three-year MLS history of the club.
The visiting Loons aim to make it five straight games with a victory Saturday night against a Real Salt Lake side that can equal its club record with a sixth consecutive home win.
Minnesota (10-7-3) dropped three in a row from May 29-June 8 but since has outscored its opponents 14-4 during this four-game winning streak. That run began with a 7-1 rout of FC Cincinnati and 3-1 triumph over San Jose. However, the last two matches have been decided by one goal each.
The Loons twice came back from a goal down to win 3-2 at Montreal on July 6, then needed Mason Toye's 91st-minute goal and a missed Vancouver penalty kick later in stoppage time to claim a 1-0 victory last Saturday in front of a raucous home crowd.
"I think it's shown what kind of group of guys we are," Toye, who has four goals in five MLS matches this season, told Minnesota's official website. "We'll keep going and fighting and trying to get wins."
This is only the second time since entering the league in 2017 that Minnesota has won at least three straight games. That victory at Montreal snapped the Loons' four-game skid away from home, and puts them in position to win back-to-back road contests for the second time this year - and during the club's MLS tenure.
Minnesota is 2-1-1 all-time versus Salt Lake, but both victories came at home. The Loons could have their work cut out for them at RSL, which has won five straight at home, conceded one goal during that run and none in the last three there.
Salt Lake (9-9-2) is four points back of surging Minnesota and also over the playoff line in the Western Conference. Jefferson Savarino recorded a brace and had an assist as Real Salt Lake rolled to its third victory in four games overall with a 4-0 home rout of Philadelphia last weekend.
RSL won six in a row at home in 2014 and again last season.
"We're at home, we want to get as many shutouts as we can," coach Mike Petke told Salt Lake's official website. "I think over the last three games (at home), we've taken a real commitment to team defending and recognizing where we are on the table. It's right around the playoff line, and every point counts ... We have to really, especially at home, clean up the points."
Savarino has scored all of his five league goals at home this season, and four in his last three matches there.
Updated July 18, 2019