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Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC Pick & Prediction OCT 10TH 2021

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James Anderson James Anderson NCAAB SPREAD WIN 11, LOSE 1, PUSH 0 + $899 Follow him and more than 20 experts from $29.99 per month Minnesota United FC can take a big step toward securing a third consecutive playoff bid when they host the Colorado Rapids on Sunday afternoon in St. Paul, Minn.

Minnesota (10-9-8, 38 points) entered the weekend narrowly gripping the seventh and final playoff place in the Western Conference, but could move above both the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake (39 points each) with a victory while most MLS teams take off for the October FIFA international window.

The Loons are unbeaten in their last three matches at home and received good news from the league disciplinary committee earlier this week when it overturned Emanuel Reynoso's red card suspension.

But Minnesota is still without five international call-ups, including leading scorer and Finland winger Robin Lod (seven goals).

Manager Adrian Heath isn't entertaining excuses.

"We're fully aware of what was going to happen a few weeks ago when we got the invitation letters from the federations," Heath told reporters this week. "We knew who was going to be gone. That's what it is. Next man up. Step up."

Colorado (13-5-9, 48 points) won the previous two meetings this season at home, and comes into the third with a similar personnel situation as its opponent.

Midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Mark-Anthony Kaye are the most notable of the Rapids' three international absences.

Defender Lucas Esteves also saw his red card suspension rescinded by the league and is available. And injured goalkeeper William Yarbrough is questionable after missing last weekend's 3-0 loss at the Seattle Sounders.

That humbling defeat opened a stretch of three consecutive away matches for the third-place Rapids as they approach a 50-point threshold that typically guarantees a playoff spot.

Manager Robin Fraser insists there won't be a repeat performance in Minnesota, even with his short-handed squad.

"We've already addressed a number of things and certainly expect it to be a little more cohesive this week," Fraser said. "We've actually missed those guys quite a few times this year. We really feel like for us it's business as usual."

--Field Level Media

Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC Recap NOV 22TH 2020

Colorado defender Lalas Abubakar headed a ball into his own goal in the 89th minute to break a tie and hand Minnesota United a 2-1 victory over the Rapids on Wednesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

The winning score came when Loons midfielder Ethan Finlay curled a long cross from outside the right side of the penalty box for forward Raheem Edwards. Abubakar cut in front of Edwards at the last moment and headed the ball into his own net.

Robin Lod scored a goal for Minnesota (8-5-6, 30 points), which extended its unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3). Dayne St. Clair finished with three saves for the Loons.

Andre Shinyashiki scored for the Rapids (5-6-4, 19 points). William Yarbrough made four saves for Colorado, which was playing just its second match since Sept. 23 as a COVD-19 outbreak among players and staff caused multiple postponements.

Minnesota, which outshot the Rapids 15-5 in the first half, including 2-0 in shots on goal, took a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute on Lod's sixth goal of the season. The score came off after a Colorado turnover outside the penalty box. Loons midfielder Emanuel Reynoso cut toward the center of the box and found Lod slicing in from the right side. Lod then fired a left-footed shot from the 18-yard line past Yarbrough and into the left corner of the goal.

Lod almost got another goal in the 52nd minute when his free kick from outside the box glanced off the wall and just wide of the right post.

Shinyashiki tied it in the 69th minute with his third goal of the season, drilling in a right-footed shot from the right edge of the 6-yard box off a nice setup by Diego Rubio.

Minnesota played without forward Kei Kamara for what was termed "a gentlemen's agreement" between the two teams. The Loons acquired Kamara from the Rapids in a trade on Sept. 19. The agreement allows Kamara to play should the teams meet again in the MLS Cup playoffs.

--Field Level Media
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