Minnesota United going through scoring drought

Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

Minnesota United suddenly frostbitten in front of goal

A month ago, Minnesota United was arguably the hottest team in MLS. Now, the club is going through a late summer swoon.

And a major reason for Minnesota United’s struggles is the lack of scoring. A team that boasts some tremendous talent in the attacking third, Minnesota United is struggling to bag opportunities in front of goal.

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Head coach Adrian Heath’s side has just one goal in their last three games. They have two ties from those three matches.

“We are working hard enough in training, we are certainly getting enough of the ball in the final third; comfortable possession,” Heath told reporters this week.

“The final ball has not helped us and we need one or two things to go our way in the box. It’s just one of those things, we can’t seem to get a bounce to go our way. You’ve got to be honest and say sometimes it’s been poor finishing. Overall, I’ve been delighted with the efforts of the players. They kept going to the very last whistle in all three games. Keep believing in what we are doing, keep getting the ball into the right spots and hopefully it will change.”

Now on Saturday, they will play at the Houston Dynamo, a side that has been very good at home this year. Houston has just one loss at home in nine matches this season (3-1-5 at BBVA Compass Stadium)

Minnesota United is currently 7-6-7 (28 points) and in fifth place in the Western Conference.

“It’s a big game for them as well. That pack behind us and the playoff line is getting congested and teams are picking up a lot of points around there,” Heath said. “Every game is going to be important. We know that they are traditionally hard to play against at Houston. The weather normally is stifling down there. If we can play like we have been doing we should give a good account of ourselves.”