Minnesota United will search for more road success when they take on struggling FC Dallas on Saturday at Frisco, Texas.

Minnesota United (10-9-7, 37 points) currently holds the seventh and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with eight games remaining on the season. And Loons head coach Adrian Heath knows his squad -- just 2-6-5 on the road -- needs to be a more engaged visitor down the stretch.

"We'll have to play better than we've done," Heath said after Minnesota United dropped a 3-1 decision at D.C. United on Wednesday night. "Talk is cheap, isn't it? We have to man up now on the road. Certainly the last two or three performances on the road have not been good enough, for sure."

Minnesota has lost its last three road contests -- at Seattle, Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United -- getting outscored a combined 8-1 in the process. Four of their final eight games are away from Allianz Field, including the season finale Nov. 7 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Loons figure to have a good chance to end that futility on Saturday. FC Dallas (6-13-9, 27 points) has lost three consecutive games, including a 3-1 loss at home Wednesday against Sporting K.C. The club is just 2-6-4 since the start of August and fired head coach Luchi Gonzalez on Sept. 19.

Despite the loss against Sporting K.C., which featured a red card by midfielder Bryan Acosta in the 52nd minute that will force him to miss Saturday's contest, interim head coach Marco Ferruzzi praised his team's determination.

"I do see the players giving a very extreme effort in the training session, an extreme effort on the pitch," Ferruzzi said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

FC Dallas does have one of the rising stars of United States soccer in striker Ricardo Pepi. The 18-year-old has 13 goals and two assists and is headed off to the U.S. Men's National Team for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica after Saturday's game.

Pepi had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win at Honduras on Sept. 8 in his USMNT debut, becoming the second-youngest player in team history to score in a World Cup qualifier at 18 years and 242 days old.

--Field Level Media

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