Minnesota United’s first season in Major League Soccer isn’t going horribly, it is much worse than that. It’s been a nightmare. The team lost again on Saturday, making it three losses and a draw.
Take a look at the results.
Mar. 3 - 5-1 loss at Portland
Mar. 12 - 6-1 loss at home to Atlanta
Mar. 18 - 2-2 draw at Colorado
Saturday - 5-2 loss at New England
Now, nobody was expecting this team to win all their games or anything like that, but it hasn’t even been close. With 18 goals allowed in four games this season, Adrian Heath’s team is really struggling. There isn’t enough quality at the back, and this certainly looks like a team that will take quite a while before it is competitive.
But you can’t really use the “it’s an expansion club” excuse, because look at Atlanta United. Sure, the team has spent more on talent, but it has done everything right to be have success early and leads the Eastern Conference with six points.
The concern with Minnesota is the poor defending, and the failure to recognize together how to react to various situations, which has resulted in such a horrific start.
Want to know how bad it has been? Try and digest this: Minnesota is on pace to allow 153 goals this season. The most ever allowed in an MLS regular season is 69 in 1998.