St. Louis CITY SC (15-10-5, 50 points) is back on the road facing Minnesota United FC (9-10-10, 37 points) on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcasted on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app and can be heard by our radio partners on KYKY Y98.1 FM (English) and KXOK 102.9 FM (Spanish).
St. Louis CITY SC played to 0-0 draw with LAFC on Wednesday night at CITYPARK. With the draw, CITY SC remains at the top of the Western Conference with four games remaining in the regular season. With the draw against LAFC and other Western Conference results, St. Louis CITY SC became the first club to clinch a postseason berth in the West.
St. Louis is the first Western Conference team and third team in MLS overall to record 50 points this season. St. Louis is the third expansion team (excluding the shootout era) to produce at least 50 points and make the playoffs in their inaugural MLS season, joining Atlanta United and LAFC.
CITY SC captain Roman Bürki recorded his eight clean sheet of the season, tying him with Pedro Gallese, John McCarthy and Dayne St. Clair for the fifth most clean sheets in MLS this season. The clean sheet was the first for CITY SC in the last seven games.
St. Louis continued their run of form at home, improving their record at CITYPARK to 10-3-2. St. Louis is one of five teams with 10 or more wins at home (FC Cincinnati, Columbus, New England and Houston).
CITY SC has a 5-7-3 overall record on the road this season and are 4-4-2 in away matches against Western Conference teams, with their last two away matches resulting in draws against LA Galaxy (2-2) and Houston (1-1). CITY SC has scored 19 away goals which is three away from Philadelphia Union, which leads in that category.
Aziel Jackson will return to play at Allianz Field for the first time since he was acquired by St. Louis at the start of the season. Jackson featured mostly for Minnesota’s MLS NEXT Pro team, where he earned Best XI honors. For St. Louis, the midfielder has started 10 games in MLS, recording three assists and scoring a goal. His first MLS goal was a game-winner against Toronto.
CITY SC will take on Minnesota for the second time this season. Minnesota handed CITY SC their first loss of the season to disrupt the team’s historic 5-0-0 start. The Loons and LAFC are the first and only teams to hold St. Louis to zero goals this season at CITYPARK.
Minnesota sits in 10th place in the Western Conference standings with 37 points, just below the playoff line. The Loons are 3-3-8 at home this season, scoring 17 goals and conceding 15 goals in that span. Minnesota comes into the match on a two-game losing streak after falling 4-3 to LA Galaxy and 1-0 to Sporting KC. Prior to those two defeats, Minnesota were a on seven-match unbeaten run in. Bongokuhle Hlongwane leads the Loons with eight goals, followed by Emanuel Reynoso with six.
Minnesota United has won five of its last seven matches against expansion teams (5-1-1 record). In its five meetings with MLS newcomers since the start of the 2020 season, the Loons have allowed just one goal.