We’re counting down the days until the 2014 NASL Playoffs begin by providing a bit of info on each team that made this year’s tournament. Today we take a look at the number one seed, Minnesota United FC.
Minnesota United secured the 2014 NASL Spring Season title on the last day of the season by one point. That earned them the number one seed for The Championship and rights to host all their games in the playoff run. United earned 20 of 27 possible points – only losing one game in the process. The final point was secured on the last day with a 3 – 3 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
United continued that form going into the Fall only losing three games and pushing hard to win both season titles. They fell short but still earned top place in the combined standings for all 2014. Minnesota scored the most of any NASL team and had the third best defense. It’s easy to see why United has been one of the hardest teams to break down.
It’s not impossible though. That prolific attack and stalwart defense went missing in the final five games of the season. Their were two losses, two draws, and seven goals scored on them in that span. The Fall title slipped through Minnesota’s grasp during that five game spell. The coach and players will need to make sure they regain that form if they want to see their season continues after today.
United want to bring the Soccer Bowl trophy back to Minnesota three years after winning it as the Minnesota NSC Stars. They want to do what no number one seed has done in the modern NASL era and win the playoff championship. They’ve got the personnel and fans to help them do that. Can Fort Lauderdale bring a halt to United’s 2014 season? Not if Minnesota has anything to say about it.
Today begins The Championship 2014 NASL playoffs. Minnesota United FC vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers will have the early game at 6pm central with San Antonio Scorpions vs New York Cosmos beginning at 7:30pm central. Let the post-season…begin!