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Finlay waited more than two years to score his first goal for a Columbus team that drafted him in 2012. On Saturday, he waited 70 minutes more for his first goal this season, his first on the road back from ACL surgery last season.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath shuffled his starting 11 for Saturday's game against Columbus.
The star forward has been in a reserve's role the past two games — his first two times as a Loon — during a season in which he hasn't been the scorer (other than on penalty kicks) he was a year ago.
Loons midfielder Ethan Finlay hasn't scored this season despite chances.
After getting shut out Saturday night, the Loons have scored two goals over their past four games.
Francisco Calvo is not happy about his final days with Minnesota.
Phil Mickelson visited Target Field on Monday to challenge LPGA star Stacy Lewis in a trick-shot contest and also spoke about a PGA of America women's major championship arriving at Hazeltine in June.
Opara scores Loons goal on a header against Seattle on Saturday, but gets a bloody nose in the process.
The official who set up the PGA and Ryder Cup championships is overseeing the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine in June.
Minnesota United remained undefeateed but 1-0-3 at Allianz Field in its inaugural season.
Similar in body type and height to Ozzie Alonso, Cristian Roldan watched and learned as he turned himself into a central playmaker when both were with Seattle.
The Loons traded captain Francisco Calvo to Chicago, nine days after he was suspended for a game and never found his way back into the lineup for a team he led.
Midfielder Ozzie Alonso defected from Cuba 12 years ago and built an accomplished soccer resume with the Seattle Sounders, whom he will play against on Saturday for the first time with his Loons' teammates.
Eric Miller and Brent Kallman both played high school soccer just down the freeway from Allianz Field.
Angelo Rodriguez scored in the 82nd minute to lift the Loons to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United, much to their fans' delight.
Coach Adrian Heath decided he did not want to mess with the Loons' defensive success.
D.C. United's Wayne Rooney, who comes to Allianz Field on Sunday, is a playmaker who roams the field and uses his smarts to create for both himself and his teammates.
The turf, trucked in from Colorado last October, needs time to put down deeper roots and firm up. Some players are wearing metal cleats to minimize slippage.
Return of players might offer coach Adrian Heath even more options.
While Ozzie Alonso was the captain — a role the four-time MLS All-Star held in his last of 10 seasons in Seattle — veteran defender Ike Opara returned to the starting lineup.
Despite its recent striuggles, United is tied for the Western Conference's final playoff spot. It plays six of its next seven games at Allianz Field.
In addition to the locals, C.T. Pan, Jimmy Walker and Pat Perez are the latest notable names who have committed to play at TPC of Twin Cities in Blaine July 4-7
The Loons lost the game and their composure in Friday's defeat at Toronto, and midfielders Jan Gregus and Francisco Calvo will miss Wednesday's game after drawing red cards for their actions.
Right back Romain Metanire caused New York City FC to adjust its lineup at halftime Saturday in a 3-3 draw with Minnesota United in the debut of Allianz Field.
Ozzie Alonso became the first to score a goal in new Allianz Field, on a powerful volley from 8 yards out
The clock and scoreboard are re-creations of ones used at the National Sports Center in Blaine as the seasons changed and the local soccer team did, too, from Thunder to Stars to United.
Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire said the new stadium "will bring soccer, the world's game, to our community in a long-lasting way, with a vision that says we want the future to be better than the past."
The most boisterous of Minnesota United's supporters will be located behind the south goal. They will sing, chant and stomp, but never sit — there are no seats.
Under the watchful eye of a turf expert, a luscious lawn has been dropped into the middle of St. Paul.
One question for coach Adrian Heath is whether to start star Darwin Quintero, who sat out last Saturday's victory because of an injury. Longtime Loon Miguel Ibarra appears likely to miss the first game in the team's new stadium.
Starting with Kyle Guy's last three on Saturday night and continuing through Monday's game, the Cavaliers made 23 of their final 26 free throws in the tournament.
Still talked about, the Duke star's buzzer-beater sent his team to Minneapolis in 1992
In the 1973 Final Four title game, Walton made 21 of 22 shots and scored 44 points to lead UCLA over Memphis State. But crippling injuries derailed his pro career.
It's now 19 years and counting since a Big Ten team won an NCAA men's basketball title. Tom Izzo's Michigan State team last won one in 2000.
A year after Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome answered questions about losing to a 16 seed, on Saturday the pair got to talk about making it to the national championship game.
Ethan Finlay came through his first start last Saturday just fine and Kevin Molino is close to returning, too.
On real grass at the $250 million stadium, players enjoyed being outside despite a few soft spots where the Colorado-grown turf is still settling in with the home opener 10 days away.
Ethan Finlay has come off the bench in each of United's first three games. He started all seven games he played before he tore his ACL early last season.
Like many other 10-year-old boys, Ryan Moy earned summer spending money by mowing neighbors’ lawns. But only he ended up here, as the head groundskeeper…
Loons coach Adrian Heath, an Englishman, said he has learned to "love" American college sports after living in Minnesota, Orlando and particularly Austin, Texas
From pronouncing a Minneapolis lake's new name to getting in sync with new teammates, Mannone has been a "more than competent" addition to Minnesota United.
The USL team Forward Madison combines development opportunity and close proximity for those who get little playing time with the Loons.
At third in the world, he has the top ranking entered so far, and he's a two-time Open champ.
The Galaxy defeat shows that not everything is figured out yet.
Lawrence Olum scored the first goal ever against United in MLS play, in Portland's 5-1 victory on March 3, 2017. He also played for the Minnesota Thunder in its USL days and for Heath.
The five-time major champion is the biggest commitment yet for the July PGA Tour event at TPC Twin Cities. "We couldn't be more excited," 3M Open tournament director Peter Mele said.
Minnesota United's first road shutout against San Jose owes in part to the defensive play of the 33-year-old all-star midfielder, acquired from Seattle, and fellow newcomer Jan Gregus.
Opening the season with two victories on the road already doubles the numbers of games won by the Loons when they were away from home in 2018.
It's not easy for many MLS teams. After a rare victory at Vancouver, the Loons have four consecutive chances to change the narrative of its first two seasons.
In the season’s second game Saturday, Minnesota United meets a San Jose team unlike any it will play again because of new coach Matias…
Angelo Rodriguez, a designated player who joined the team mid-season, has battled injuries but aims to show his size and strength can translate to goals, too.
The designated player has been limited by injuries.
Karl-Anthony Towns turned in a 41-point, 14-rebound performance despite early foul trouble. That gives him 182 points in five games since he returned from missing two games because of a car accident.
Romain Metanire stood out by defending the box and pushing the attack.
Vito Mannone's 31st birthday took him to Vancouver's B.C. Place stadium and his first MLS regular-season game, a 3-2 win for Minnesota United with him in net.
The Loons open their season Saturday but United coach Adrian Heath said he'll wait at least another week and "four extra days of real hard work" before Abu Danladi plays.
A year after Minnesota United added three South Americans in-season to boost its offense, it fortified this past off-season what coach Adrian Heath terms its defensive "spine," from goaltender all up the lines.
Francisco Calvo prefers the center position but says he's happy to do what's best for the team, newly infused with MLS veteran Ike Opara and French right back Roman Metanire.
Coach Adrian Heath liked what he saw Saturday against Orlando City in a closed-door scrimmage in which the newly stingy Loons gave up their first goal in six contests.
Ibarra acknowledges "my strength is my speed" and throughout preseason training sessions Heath has prodded, urging Ibarra to run from, not toward, the ball.
Rookie goalkeeper and seventh overall draft pick Dayne St. Clair started in goal for the Loons, and delivered the team's fourth clean sheet of the exhibition season.
The talented second-year striker, just 20 years old, spent much of the winter in the weight and film rooms, seeking to push more experienced players for more playing time this season.
The 31-year-old Australian is the third player in the world rankings' top 15 who has committed to play at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine in July.
Saturday's 1-0 result in the Orlando City Invitational was the Loons' third consecutive clean sheet in preseason play for a team that allowed 71 goals last season.
Immigration paperwork in England might keep him out of Saturday's final preseason game against Orlando City.
Preseason training by goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, defender Chase Gasper and midfielder Hassani Dotson have earned glowing assessments from coach Adrian Heath.
Italian born and raised, Mannone has left behind a professional career built in England's Premier League and second division for MLS.
Coach Adrian Heath liked what he saw from the Loons' defense-minded acquisitions during the team's recently completed preseason training trip.
The Italian veteran is the fifth major addition since December to a team that coach Adrian Heath now says 'can play against anyone in the league.'
Jan Gregus, the Loons' third designated player, and four-time MLS all-star Ozzie Alonso are central to the team's efforts to shore up its leaky defense.
Players have until June 28 — the Friday afternoon before tournament week — to commit and can withdraw at any time.
Loons coach Adrian Heath has made it clear he expects more from recent draft picks Abu Danladi, Mason Toye, Wyatt Omsberg and Carter Manley
Minnesota's first PGA Tour event in 50 years comes late in the PGA Tour schedule that has been reshuffled and condensed to ensure the season-ending FedEx playoffs finish by Labor Day.
Ike Opara's father worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester before he was born, and United's newest player spent four days in town over the holidays visiting his fiancé's sister.
Rasmus Schuller scored twice as the Loons opened preseason play with Tuesday's 9-2 friendly victory over first-year USL League One team FC Tucson.
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