The Loons will be challenged by the Philadelphia Union in the next round of the US Open Cup

Minnesota United will host Philadelphia Union in a US Open Cup round of 16 match on May 9 or 10 at Allianz Field, according to the draw released Thursday.

The Loons will have their hands full with a Union side that advanced to the MLS Cup last season and are currently in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals against Los Angeles FC.

Before the draw, Minnesota was looking for an Open Cup home game to avoid playing three straight games. The Loons have MLS games in Vancouver on May 6 and at Sporting Kansas City on May 13.

The Loons came back to defeat USL Championship club Detroit City 3-1 in the third round of the Michigan Open Cup on Tuesday.

If Minnesota wins again in the Open Cup, the round of 16 opponent will be determined by another draw on May 11. That match will be played on May 23 or 24.

MLS clubs went 16-2 in the third round this week. The Seattle Sounders and Inter Miami were later winners in extra time, while the San Jose Earthquakes and Atlanta United were upset by lower-tier teams. Given Philadelphia’s strong season last year, it is one of eight teams making the tournament in this round.


The Loons have loaned second-year forward Tani Oluwaseyi to San Antonio FC for the remainder of the season with the right to recall him to Minnesota, the club announced Thursday. This will be an opportunity for Oluwaseyi to play in the USL Championship, a higher level of competition than with MNUFC2 in MLS NEXT Pro. He has one goal in 261 minutes for MNUFC2 and 11 minutes in two games in MLS action. … Left back Kemar Lawrence, out for a personal matter, returned to practice Thursday after missing a week. … Wil Trapp and Kervin Arriaga are dealing with hamstring injuries, and the midfielders may not be available for Sunday’s match against FC Dallas in St. Paule

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