The United Beat
Kevin Venegas had one lone start March 25 prior to three consecutive selections recently.
Despite a 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake just this past Saturday, the Loons chose the same starters for the midweek match.
Marc Burch played nine matches, totaling 783 minutes, for United this season after coming to the Loons in a trade with the Colorado Rapids.
The starting left-back is in Philadelphia seeing a specialist because of a groin injury.
Sam Nicholson visited the Loons about two weeks ago to explore a potential deal.
Some further thoughts from United coach Adrian Heath following United's loss on Wednesday.
If Major League Soccer's two-week break in July for the CONCACAF Gold Cup was looking a little bleak, Minnesota United has eased the separation anxiety a bit.
With the U.S. Open Cup at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday and an MLS match at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, coach Adrian Heath has to figure out how to treat both competitions.
The Loons have several injury concerns ahead of the U.S. Open Cup match against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.
The first round of tryouts drew about 175 players, with an estimated 160 to participate in the next rounds later this month.
United's depleted squad struggled in the 3-0 defeat at Sporting Kansas City.
Both are filling in for absences on the squad from national team duty and a suspension.
Injuries, suspensions and national team duty will reduce the number of players available for the 4 p.m. Saturday match.
The 22-year-old, who just finished his season with Scottish top-division team Heart of Midlothian F.C., is checking out the Loons and discussing a possible move.
United will also be without its two Costa Ricans for its next two matches.
The former Orlando City player missed out on a rematch with his old club because of illness.
Also, the Loons will be without team captain Francisco Calvo for the June 3 matchup with Sporting Kansas City.
The defender started and played every minute of eight matches with the United Soccer League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
While a bill including the exemptions passed the House on Tuesday evening, it didn't make it out of a special session Wednesday morning.
The rookie forward left the 2-1 loss against the Los Angeles Galaxy this past weekend late in the first half with a groin injury.