BLAINE, Minn. -- Three Minnesota United starters are expected miss Thursday’s game at Sporting Kansas City.
But the Loons are hopeful the three injured players — Ozzie Alonso, Angelo Rodriguez and Kevin Molino — can return for the U.S. Open Cup final at Atlanta United next Tuesday.
Alonso has a thigh injury that kept him out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Orlando. Rodriguez pulled his hamstring in the 27th minute versus the Lions and was subbed out. Molino exited in the 59th minute.
All three missed both of this week’s training sessions, on Monday and Tuesday.
“(Molino is) a little bit tight in a couple of areas. With Kevin, it’s like a couple of guys, we will not take any risks on Thursday, with a big game on Tuesday,” United coach Adrian Heath said Tuesday.
The Loons will bring new signing Thomas Chacon with the team to Kansas, and the 19-year-old Uruguayan midfielder could make his debut. It is unclear if Chacon will be eligible to play in the Open Cup final.
Chacon said he’s ramping up his training regimen, but is not yet at 100 percent.
Chacon made a good impression in his first training session with United on Tuesday in Blaine. He displayed a quality first touch and showed glimpses of the quickness he’s billed to possess.
“He’s got talent,” Heath said. “A really good first touch, good running with the ball, likes to combine with players. He seems like a good kid, really looking forward to working with him.”
Chacon, who only speaks Spanish, has connected more with the Latino players, primarily Darwin Quintero and Miguel Ibarra. On Monday, Quintero was one of the first to greet Chacon, who could be seen as Quintero’s heir apparent at the central attacking midfield role.
Chacon said Quintero passed on advice on the transition to the U.S. and showed him around. Chacon also spoke to Uruguayan countrymen Diego Polenta with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Brian Rodriguez of LAFC before joining the Loons. Chacon and Rodriguez played together on the Uruguay under-20 World Cup team in Poland this year.
United forward Mason Toye remains under the microscope as he comes off a two-game suspension for spitting at FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon on Aug. 10.
During a finishing drill Tuesday, Toye’s shot was corralled by a goalkeeper training with the club, and Toye’s attempt at the rebound clipped the ‘keeper’s hand.
Toye was a little too aggressive for training, his teammates thought. Quintero reacted with a shout of “Mase!” while center back Michael Boxall chimed in from the sideline.
“I think he’s pretty much aware of what our feelings were: We didn’t condone it in any way shape or form,” Heath said. “But he’s got to learn from it. The last thing he needs is something like that hanging around him. I believe him when he says he’s never done it before and won’t do it again.”
Chacon will wear a No. 11 shirt, with “Thomas” on the back. … Minnesota United’s free farmers market on Aug. 13 distributed 14,000 pounds of food, 725 backpacks with school supplies and 100 blizzard bags for winter preparedness to about 600 residents. The event was in partnership with Keystone Community Services and Second Harvest Heartland. … The Drone Racing League will host a closed event at Allianz Field on Thursday night.