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The return of forward Shayne Schoenfelder has Elk River girls' soccer poised for a turnaround.
Minnesota joins the MLS next season. None of the league's five expansion teams since 2010 posted a winning record in their inaugural seasons.
Concordia Academy is taking aim at a volleyball repeat, but that will require new pieces to fill spots opened by graduation.
The team will keep the Minnesota United FC name and logo when it joins the top league of U.S. soccer in 2017.
For local soccer fans, years spent watching, waiting and worrying about the sport's future in the Twin Cities professional market will end Friday.
United's shutout of Tampa Bay, following a stadium site approval, was the ideal lead-in for Friday's MLS announcements.
The team will play junior varsity games this season and hopes to be a varsity squad in 2017-18.
The players' short fuses were evident during a Tuesday practice scuffle.
A little vacation and a lot of successful sports ventures highlighted summer break for three top metro-area athletes.
The Aug. 19 event, first mentioned to fans on Saturday night, is widely expected to confirm the team's move to Major League Soccer in 2017.
The MSHSL also will reimburse schools over $500,000 for expenses.
The Loons' second-leading scorer and reigning league MVP was taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half against Miami FC on Saturday night.
Disappointed fans leaving the Minnesota United FC's worst loss in four years Saturday night in Blaine had their spirits lifted as they received save-the-date cards that point to a long-awaited announcement set for Aug. 19:
Minnesota United FC went from unlucky to undisciplined to unhinged in a 4-0 home loss to Miami FC. One fan announced his halftime exit on twitter.
Coaches, players and fans alike had good things to say about U.S. Bank Stadium.
United FC claims no hard feelings over its game's conflict with the soccer game that's the first event being held at the new Vikings stadium.
Steward Ceus held his own after replacing Sammy Ndjock in goal.
United FC defender Kevin Venegas was hurt during Wednesday's friendly and will miss Saturday's match against Fort Lauderdale.
After Wednesday night's own goal during a friendly made international soccer headlines, the healing power of humor eased Minnesota United FC's pain.
The visiting Bournemouth Cherries of the English Premier League got a gift Wednesday. Minnesota goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock inexplicably threw a clearing pass into his own goal.
Football players aren't the only ones learning during limited summer practices.
The Loons scored three goals in the first half and got to five goals for the first time since 2014.
Sammy Ndjock says blocking out distractions will get the Loons on track.
United will play an EPL team for the second time. The Loons were host to Swansea City at the National Sports Center in 2014.
A two-goal loss to a Mexican squad still is regarded as a positive for the United, playing at Target Field for the first time.
As Loons get ready for their match on the Twins' pitch, their new stadium still needs tax breaks.
Tigers, frustrated losers in eight-inning finale a year ago, put away title with a two-run 11th.
In control from the start, Prior Lake bolted to a 7-0 lead and eased to victory.
Prior Lake, Lakeville North to meet for championship.
Diego Rubio's goal in the 109th minute of the second overtime session held up as the game winner for Sporting Kansas City, the defending U.S. Open Cup champions.
Wednesday night, the Loons will find out how they stack up vs. an MLS club. That league is the next stop for the franchise, meaning the game has added interest.
Lightning and rain halted the boys' and girls' state lacrosse and boys' golf tournaments Tuesday around the metro area. Four lacrosse games were postponed until Wednesday.
Leading scorer Christian Ramirez shook his slump by scoring his first goal in five league matches.
Chanhassen's Caldwell tops off stellar prep career with another sweep of 100, 200 meters
The Mustangs reached this week's state tournament behind a balanced team effort.
'We became predictable,' coach Carl Craig said of a three-game losing streak that knocked the Loons from the spring title chase. 'Dare I say it, Minnesotan.'
Emma Benner defeated Alexandria's Megan and Bethany Hasz in the Class 2A finals.
The moves do away with two districts and create two new ones. State champ St. Michael-Albertville is expected to play more traditional powers while Hopkins and Coon Rapids, with less success of late, will likely get more a competitive slate of games.
Senior Grayson Nicolay fueled Dakota United's first Physically Impaired Division title since 2008 while junior Anthony Bengtson swung a hot bat for North Suburban, first-time champs in the Cognitively Impaired Division. Both players shined Saturday at Coon Rapids High School.
The Hylanders will play in their first boys' team state tournament in school history.
Sports have continued John and Susan France's mission to raise well-rounded children regardless of their challenges. "You think about all the kids that are worse off and that don't have the good life we have," Hana France said.
Evan Shaw has tossed two no hitters and tied his uncle's school record for wins.
Bernardo Anor clashed with a Loons teammate in a friendly last year.
Talks are underway for the team, which will join Major League Soccer as early as next year, to play at the home for Gopher football until its newly approved stadium is ready in 2018.
The Legislature passed a key property tax exemption the team sought but Gov. Mark Dayton said he needs more time before signing bills after what he called a "disappointing'' conclusion to the session.
Anoka, Elk River, North St. Paul and Park of Cottage Grove will bid to win a new softball title.
The game against Simley ended with about four minutes left. Hill-Murray players also declined to shake hands with their opponents. The game is expected to be reviewed by conference officials.
The highly coveted 6-10 forward only spoke with Minnesota's Richard Pitino by phone but had two meetings with Badger coach Greg Gard that, according to his high school coach, ''spoke volumes.''
Minnesota coaches find themselves the targets of critical Facebook and Twitter posts from increasingly forceful parents.
Stefano Pinho, in his first Loons start, scores in shutout of Jacksonville.
His Division I college choice now on hold because North Dakota is dropping the sport, Matt Wallner's pitching continues to impress.
Minnesota's growing talent base making a bigger impact at NCAA lacrosse powers
Evan McClellon swept the 100- and 200-meter titles, setting a new meet record each time.
Christian Ramirez scored in the final minute of regulation for the Loons.
Since joining the NASL in the 2013 fall season, the Cosmos are 4-0-4 against Minnesota. That's zero victories for the Loons. But who's counting? Some players claim they're not. Jeb Brovsky, however, admits to some added motivation.
Appeals, hearings and sometimes reversals can all be part of the league's process for determining eligibility for athletes. A court hearing looms later this week.
Fort Lauderdale forward Geison Moura, a former United player, put his team down a player in the 21st minute and the Loons prevailed.
Off-field drama is part of the Loons' lot going into their NASL home opener.
Examination expected to focus on student eligibility.
Coach Carl Craig and Minnesota United players are not avoiding the idea that this season could be an MLS audition.
Klatt confirmed that he is staying on as coach, less than a week after he had indicated he would give up the job after leading the Thunderhawks to the state tournament.
Before spring season sports take hold, a few final bouquets for the North and East metro winter sports.
One of the state's top softball programs has a new coach, tougher foes and holes to fill.
Goodhue's Sydney Lodermeier slapped her hand on the Williams Arena court after unsuccessfully diving for a teammate's errant pass.Never mind that her Wildcats were ahead…
Maranatha Christian edged Mountain Iron-Buhl; the top seed rolled.
The club announced that MY@9 WFTC will televise all home and away matches this season, which begins April 2.
The deeper Bears had more energy than second-seeded St. Michael-Albertville in OT.
Spring Lake Park senior Mitch Raihle achieved a rare feat by winning the 1-meter diving state title at both the Class 1A and 2A…
The Islanders won their record fifth consecutive Class 3A state title.
Major League Soccer is taking steps to change the team's name in preparation for it joining a league that already has a franchise known as D.C. United.
Here's a look at what's become an annual post-hockey tournament tradition -- The All Hockey Hair Team -- and some thoughts from its mysterious creator.
He was earlier named the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.
A close encounter between Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt and Wayzata's Hank Sorensen came on the game's opening shift.
The Hermantown goalie kept Breck at bay all game.
Sometimes Ryan Sandelin's competitiveness and unrivaled rink savvy make him an extra coach on the bench
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