Austin FC vs Minnesota United preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Austin FC are back at the Q2 Stadium as they face Minnesota United on Saturday night.

The Verde and Black are looking for their third win in the last four matches as they seek to get off of the bottom of the Western Conference table.

The Loons are winless in their last three, coming off of a 3-1 defeat to Colorado and are just one point ahead of two other teams for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Team news

Austin will be without several players as Daniel Pereira is out through suspension, Matt Besler has a concussion, Ulises Segura underwent knee surgery and the return date for Aaron Schoenfeld from his knee procedure is still unkown.

Minnesota is only without Hassani Dotson and Jan Gregus remain injured and did not make the trip to Texas. Roman Metanire, Michael Boxall and Robin Lod are all back from international duty.

Predicted lineups

Austin FC: Stuver; Kolmanic, Romaña, Cascante, Lima; Driussi, Ring, Pochettino; Domínguez, Djitte, Gallagher

Minnesota United: St. Clair; Gasper, Kallman, Dibassy, Métanire, Alonso, Trapp; Finlay, Fragapane, Reynoso; Lod

Ones to watch

Cecilio Dominguez (Austin FC)

The Paraguyan has been one of the Verde and Black's most dangerous players as he leads the club with seven goals and contributed three assists. His 80.7 percent in passing shows the versatility in his offensive game.

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Franco Fragapane (Minnesota United)

He assisted on Minnesota's lone goal in their defeat to Colorado, his eighth of the season and is second in MLS with 0.72 per 90 minutes, making him one of the most reliable players in build-up play in the league.

Previous meetings

This is the third time Austin and Minnesota have met with each team winning once.

In May, Diego Fagundez gave the Verde and Black a 1-0 win with a 12th minute goal while the Loons claimed a 2-0 victory in June through Fragapane and Adrien Hunou. 

How to watch

ESPN+ will have national streaming coverage of the match. The CW Austin provides English-language television coverage with UniMas Austin handling Spanish-language action.

In Minnesota, Bally Sports North+, CW Twin Cities and SKOR North bring you all of the action. Kickoff is set for 9:30pm Eastern time.

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