BY THE NUMBERS | FC Cincinnati at Minnesota United FC 


FC Cincinnati head for the Twin Cities for a matchup Saturday night with Minnesota United FC. Kickoff between the Orange and Blue and the Loons is set for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on May 7 from Allianz Field.


The Minnesota United FC defense has been among the stingiest in MLS this season. The Loons have conceded only eight goals this season, one of only eight clubs in MLS to have conceded eight or fewer goals this season. As a credit to goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and the Loons defense, that is despite facing 46 shots on target this year, the seventh-most in MLS.


Luciano Acosta has scored 11 goals in his FC Cincinnati career, which is tied with Brandon Vazquez for the most in club history. Acosta netted his 11th strike for the Orange and Blue Wednesday against Toronto. If he scores Saturday night, not only will it extend his club record for goals but it will make him the first player in club history to score in four straight games.


Minnesota midfielder Emanuel Reynoso has consistently been one of the best players in MLS with the ball at his feet since last season. He currently leads the league in successful dribbles with 42, a considerable amount more than the next closest player, Portland’s Santiago Moreno who has 32.

Last season, Reynoso led MLS with 110 successful dribbles, 15 more than Atlanta’s Marcelino Moreno. Of note, FC Cincinnati’s Luciano Acosta finished fourth in the category last season, having successfully completed 86 dribbles.


Allianz Field has turned into a fortress for Minnesota United FC and the Loons have enjoyed playing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Since joining MLS in 2017, Minnesota are 45-19-18 at home, including 18-6-7 over the past three seasons.


Minnesota goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair has the best save percentage in MLS at 83.8 percent. The 24-year-old goalkeeper and Generation adidas standout has been solid in net, his 31 saves are tied for fifth-most in MLS. The next clean sheet St. Clair earns will be the 10th of his career.


Speaking of Emanuel Reynoso, he is one of the strongest players in the league in 1-on-1 battles. He has won 178 duels this year, 24 more than LA Galaxy’s Raheem Edwards who has won the second-most duels in MLS.

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