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Without Taxi Fountas, D.C. United slumps to loss in Minnesota

Coach-in-waiting Wayne Rooney watched D.C. United from the suite level again Saturday. But of greater import to a 2-0 defeat at Minnesota United, Taxi Fountas watched from home.

The Greek all-star did not travel because of what’s believed to be a minor injury, and without him, his team did not have much hope of taking anything from an MLS match that transpired in predictable fashion.

Fountas (10 goals in 12 appearances) picked up an unspecified injury and was held back for precautionary reasons, team officials said. His absence was conspicuous as D.C. lacked ideas and opportunities at Allianz Field in St.