These two teams have been jockeying for position all season long and halfway through Edmonton hold a five point lead over its northern rivals and has a chance to go eight points up with a win.
Last time out Edmonton and Minnesota drew 1-1 thanks to an early goal from Shaun Saiko – who was also shown a red card after earning two yellows – and a penalty kick conversion from the Stars’ Neil Hlavaty. Saiko served his suspension against the Montreal Impact and could be back in the line-up on Monday.
Goalkeepers Lance Parker and Jaswinder Gill are injured along with defender Paul Matthijs.
Despite it being America’s birthday, the match in Minnesota will have a Canadian feel to it. The NSC Minnesota Stars signed Canadian central defender Gino Mauro last week.
The 6-foot-2 Mauro is a member of the Canadian U-20 National Team and was a member of Toronto FC’s U-18 team prior to signing in the lower divisions of the Italian league in 2009.