Minnesota United head coach Arian Heath believes the international break has provided a good mental boost for his squad.

The Loons went into the break following a tough run of seven games in three weeks across all competitions, managing just two wins during that window.

But after some time away – with Heath himself returning to England for a short spell – Minnesota have now reconvened ahead of this weekend’s friendly against German 2 Bundesliga side Paderborn.

Speaking to reports following a training session on Tuesday, Heath believes his players have come back refreshed and ready to take on the second half of the MLS regular season.

“I think more psychologically and mentally than physically,” he responded when asked how the break had benefitted his players. “I think for some of the guys, it came at a good time. But I think overall, mentally, we’re at that stage of the season where just to get away and everybody recharge their own batteries in their own little way, get away from each other, away from the training ground for a little period. It was good for everybody.”

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