Minnesota United eager for test against LA Galaxy

Remember Minnesota United’s bad start? Nah.

Minnesota United’s dismal start to the season seems like a distant memory. Now on Saturday afternoon against the LA Galaxy, Minnesota United once again has the chance to measure themselves against the very best in MLS.

The start of their MLS campaign was brutal for Minnesota, who lost their first four games after having made the Western Conference Final last year. From being within minutes of MLS Cup in 2020 to such a shockingly poor start has all but disappeared with their recent run in form.

At this point, head coach Adrian Heath can’t keep track of how many matches Minnesota United has been on a roll since those opening four games dropped.

Heath’s club has just one loss in their last 13 matches.

“Difficult start. Obviously, nobody envisioned going 0-4. Certainly not me. But the response since then has been excellent. One defeat since then. What is it? 13, 14 games?” Heath said on Friday in media availability following training.

“So, keep it going. Keep the momentum going. Let’s keep thinking about why we are being successful. What’s getting us the results that we are. And, if we keep doing that, then we should put ourselves in a good position.”

Minnesota United sits in fifth place in the Western Conference. They have a 7-5-5 record on 26 points.

Their opponent at Allianz Field, the Galaxy, sit in third place at 10-6-2 on 32 points. They are just two points off Sporting Kansas City for top in the conference.

“Look, Greg Vanney is an excellent coach. Playing against him when he was in Toronto, his teams are always super organized, very, very tactically adapt,” midfielder Wil Trapp said.

“And you’re seeing that with Galaxy, right? You’re seeing a group players that’s implementing what Greg wants, you’re seeing a group of players that have quality and can score goals. For us, it’s really understanding what their about, how they’re scoring goals, how they’re defending and then trying to exploit those weaknesses that we saw in [their] last game against Vancouver.”