Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Minnesota United FC


TV: FCE – CityTV


Host FC Edmonton will look to end Minnesota United FC’s 11-game unbeaten streak with they meet at Clarke Stadium.  Edmonton, who is four points from the final spot to The Championship, is coming off a 2-1 win over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers last Sunday.  Meanwhile, Minnesota, who has already secured its berth into the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament as the Spring Champion, played to a 1-1 draw against the hosts New York Cosmos last Saturday.  The Eddies hold the advantage in the encounters against United in Canada, however Minnesota is unbeaten in its last four meetings against the Canadian side.  The last time both clubs faced off was earlier this month when hosts United posted a 3-2 win at NSC Stadium on August 9.  Midfielder Daniel Mendes scored twice and forward Christian Ramirez added another for Minnesota, while defender Lance Laing and midfielder Neil Hlavaty each had a tally for Edmonton in the loss.


Last Five Games:  FCE – W T L W W            MNU – T W W W T



FCE-Lance Laing (Player of the Week-7); Chad Burt, Lance Laing (Team of the Week-7)

MNU-Daniel Mendes (Team of the Week-7)


Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce (6); Assists – Lance Laing (5)

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (13); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)



FCE-Neil Hlavaty



NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): United 5 wins, 6 ties, 3 losses— 21 GF/20 GA (+1 GD)

At Edmonton: (6 meetings): Eddies 3 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses— 14 GF/9 GA (+5 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): United 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: August 9, 2014 at NSC Stadium — United 3-2 Eddies


Coaches quotes:

“We are really excited about playing the Spring Champions this Sunday. They are a great team and we will need to be at our very best. We are looking forward to playing them, because in the way that we are playing, we feel like we can take them on. It will be a really good test for us moving towards a Championship spot.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“I think this Edmonton is a different team than we’ve played before, even a couple of weeks ago, in particular at the beginning of the year. They’re on a really good run. The biggest thing is we know it’s going to be a challenge for us up there, with the way they’re playing and an away game for us.” – United coach Manny Lagos


Referee: Alain Ruch

Asst 1: Peter Manastyrsky

Asst 2: Michael Barwegen

4th: Dereck Illingworth