This evening at 6:35 PM, Minneapolis City will host the Minnesota United Reserves at South High School’s Les Barnard Field. With a potential move to MLS looming on the horizon for United, and MLS franchises placing reserve teams in the USL, this season’s Premier League of America meetings between the two sides offer fans in the Twin Cities a new local derby—albeit one that may only reoccur in potential cup ties after 2016.
The top two teams in the PLA’s West Division qualify for the league semifinals in late July, and either City or the Reserves could move into second place in the division with a win, overtaking Cedar Rapids Rampage United. Both City and the Reserves have a game in hand on Cedar Rapids. The Crows sit in third place after drawing away to Milwaukee Bavarians and recording a win against Milwaukee’s Croatian Eagles in their home debut a week later. The Loons occupy fourth, having lost away to Cedar Rapids last Saturday before defeating Croatian Eagles at home the following day.