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Minnesota United FC vs. Colorado Rapids Pick & Prediction AUG 6th 2022

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Minnesota United hope to hold on to third place in the Western Conference when the Loons face the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colo., on Saturday night.

Minnesota (10-8-5, 35 points) is tied with FC Dallas for third, but holds a tiebreaker edge with more wins. Only three points separate the third- through eighth-place teams in the West, with the top seven teams making the playoffs.

The Rapids (7-9-6, 27 points) sit in 10th place and out of current playoff position. Colorado is in good form of late, however, going 2-2-1 over its last five matches.

Minnesota United is undefeated in seven consecutive games (5-0-2), including a 4-4 thriller against the Portland Timbers last Saturday.

Minnesota gave up a goal less than a minute into the game, then took a 3-1 lead before allowing the Timbers to rally and take a 4-3 lead. Only a tying goal from Luis Amarilla in the 69th minute got them a point.

"I've said a million times, I will never, ever be disappointed with a point," Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "It keeps the run going and it takes us one point closer to what we hope to achieve."

The Rapids won a wild one over the New York Red Bulls, 5-4, on Tuesday in New Jersey. They trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before grabbing a 5-3 lead and held on for the win.

"I would certainly like to think that this is something for us that we take confidence from and we go out on the weekend and be aggressive on the attack like we were, and see if we can continue to make our way up the chart a bit," Rapids head coach Robin Fraser said.

Minnesota beat Colorado 3-1 on April 16 in Saint Paul, Minn. Both teams have six wins against one another along with two draws in their series history.

Emanuel Reynoso leads the Loons with nine goals and six assists. Diego Rubio, who had a goal and two assists against the Red Bulls, leads the Rapids with 10 goals and six assists.

--Field Level Media

Minnesota United FC vs. Colorado Rapids

Ethan Finlay scored twice late in the first half as Minnesota United rallied from an early deficit to finish in a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday near Orlando to clinch second place in Group D and advance in the MLS is Back Tournament.

Goalkeeper Tyler Miller made three saves for the Loons (1-0-2, 5 points in the tournament; 3-0-2, 11 points overall). Minnesota United finished a point behind Sporting Kansas City in the group standings, and Real Salt Lake came in third place with four points.

Kei Kamara and Jonathan Lewis scored for last-place Colorado (0-2-1, 1 points in the tournament; 2-2-1, 7 points overall). The Rapids were eliminated despite earning its first point of the tournament.

Finlay scored in the 36th and 43rd minutes, with Jan Gregus getting assists on both goals.

The first came off a free kick just outside the 18-yard box on the left wing to tie the score at 1-1. Finlay deflected Gregus' cross just inside the near post.

The second goal came after a nifty give-and-go by Gregus sprung Romain Metanire down the right wing. Metanire took the ball to the end line before sending a cross back to Finlay at the top of the 6-yard box. Finlay was able to get his right foot on the ball while falling to the ground, bouncing a shot off the turf and over Rapids goalie William Yarbrough.

Colorado opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Kamara finished off a three-on-two break. He took a pass from Nicolas Benezet at the top of the 18-yard box and put a low shot under an onrushing Miller and just inside the right post.

The goal was the 128th of Kamara's MLS career, fifth in league history. It was also the 1,000 goal scored by the Rapids franchise since it was a founding member of the league in 1996.

Lewis tied the score in the 59th minute, shortly after entering as a substitute. He collected a failed Minnesota clearance off a corner kick and unleashed a 17-yard shot that went off the right hand of a diving Miller and into the top left corner of the net.

Yarbrough, making his second straight start with Clint Irwin sidelined due to a concussion, produced six saves.

--Field Level Media
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