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Minnesota United took the UCLA star first in the 2017 SuperDraft before its inaugural season, hoping he would become a centerpiece for its future.
They're among issues on the bargaining table, trying to reach a new labor deal for a sport in an aspiring "league of choice."
The coach's on-field dash to check on wide receiver Tyler Johnson drew a penalty following a controversial play when Johnson took a late hit after dropping a pass.
He caught a 97-yard TD and kicked a 52-yard FG.
Both sides entered the match 13-1 and tied for first place in the Big Ten before Wisconsin defeated Minnesota for the second time this season.
The team's first high-paid designated player did not start in the team's two biggest games in 2019. The Loons will receive midfielder Marlon Hairston and $600,000 in allocation money.
Considered Minnesota United's biggest building block just a season ago, star midfielder Darwin Quintero posted on social media that he will not return in 2020.
Five days after a season-opening home loss, the 23rd-ranked Gophers women's basketball team started better, defended better and rebounded better.
Adrian Heath and Mark Watson have worked together since Watson was Heath's assistant at Orlando City in 2014.
Coach Adrian Heath will have more input in personnel decisions concerning top players while sporting director Manny Lagos will get a new title focused on the team's future.
Oscar Smythe scored both goals for the Hornets, who trailed only once this year.
A hold-up player who controls the ball and sometimes the game with her feet, junior midfielder Emma Fournier proved in Maple Grove's 2-1 victory over…
Two early interceptions on Saturday put the Gophers in firm control over Maryland.
Rasmus Schuller, A Finnish national-team member, was among the players let go.
The Premier League veteran becomes the second Minnesota United player to receive a top defensive award, reflecting the team's dramatic improvement giving up fewer goals.
Proud but disappointed after his team's first-round playoff loss, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath promised there will be changes for the 2020 season.
Minnesota United controlled the action for Sunday's first 71 minutes, but failed to convert on several prime scoring chances before its opponents took command.
Allianz Field's grounds crew worked overnight Saturday manicuring grass that had been laid only three weeks ago into game condition after St. John's and St. Thomas played a college football game.
The stage is set for the first MLS playoff game in Minnesota United history. "Every moment matters, right?" said United veteran midfielder Ethan Finlay, who played seven playoff games with Columbus in 2014 and 2015.
Concern over the turf existed even before the St. John's-St. Thomas game.
The Loons' playoff success, starting against L.A. Galaxy's star-studded scoring power, hinges on its meticulously acquired and highly successful trio of defensive stalwarts.
Ike Opara, who won the honor in 2017 with Sporting Kansas City, helped lead Minnesota United's defensive transformation after its first two goal-ridden seasons in MLS.
L.A.. Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose trophy-studded career carved in Europe made him MLS' highest-paid player, stands 6-5 and plays a dominating style on and off the pitch.
Thomas Chacon, the Loons' 19-year-old Uruguayan newcomer, adjusts to America as he and the team take the soccer slowly.
Loons players depart with no worries, as MLS playoffs no longer conflict with FIFA break.
Seattle on Sunday topped the Loons 1-0 and Houston's victory over LA Galaxy put Minnesota into fourth place and a home playoff date.
Sunday's 1-0 loss at Seattle determined who'd finish second and earn conceivably two home playoff games.
The Loons will secure at least one home playoff game if they win or possibly if they tie Sunday in Ozzie Alonso's return to Seattle, where he starred for a decade.
Newcomers to this year's team dot several MLS categories, led by former Defender of the Year Ike Opara, who is a threat to win it again.
Before Minnesota United plays the first playoff game in its MLS history in two weeks, it will play another Sunday at Seattle.Win and the Loons…
The veteran striker came on after halftime in a 1-1 tie against LAFC on Sunday and gave the team a boost.
The grass, hurt by a drainage issue, will be replaced and is expected to be ready for mid-October appointments.
Michael Boxall's header in the game's 75th minute was the equalizer after LAFC star Carlos Vela tied MLS's single-season scoring record by getting his 31st goal in the 67th minute.
Minnesota United's first trip to postseason comes amid change in the playoffs. The playoff bracket will be known on "Decision Day," the regular season's finale next Sunday.
Minnesota United's 90th-minute victory over Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday made a little history and sent it on to the MLS playoffs. But it wasn't…
An ice shower but "nothing huge'' was about as crazy as it got after the Loons clinched their first MLS postseason berth.
Rookie Hassani Dotson scored the game-winner by showing both poise and patience, setting off the biggest celebration in Minnesota United's three-year MLS history.
Mason Toye started his seventh consecutive game Wednesday against while Abu Danladi was a substitute and veteran Angelo Rodriguez and newcomer Thomas Chacon again didn't get called.
Minnesota United can make team history by beating Sporting Kansas City tonight at Allianz Field. A few other outcomes around the league tonight could also get the team through.
An illness and a player suspension put versatile center back Lawrence Olum on the field Sunday and he could play again Wednesday as the Loons try to clinch a playoff spot.
A playoff berth is now a victory away, but the Loons still needs to avoid inexcusable lapses.
The two Loons players have boosted their chances to play for the United States next year in Tokyo, if the Americans can make it.
The Loons need to beat Portland and have either San Jose or Dallas lose.
Major League Soccer has suspended Minnesota United veteran defender Brent Kallman for 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Annika Sorenstam was in the Twin Cities on Monday, and she talked about her career, her family, her foundation, Minnesota connections and why she retired in 2008 at age 38.
Romain Metanire made the hustle play that saved the ball along the sideline and created Darwin Quintero's eventual winning goal early in the second half.
At 22, Dayne St. Clair is from a generation that never has known a time when goalkeepers used their hands to play a ball passed back to them by a teammate.
Once in second place, United — and every team around it — is in danger of missing the playoffs by the time "Decision Day" and the regular-season finale on Oct. 6.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath, who has hired Stewart Kerr previously, sees him as the ideal mentor for talented rookie Dayne St. Clair.
Thomas Chacon missed on a penalty kick but he had a hand in Abu Danladi's goal in the 78th minute, which got the Loons even in front of a sell-out home crowd.
It's called soccer tennis, but think volleyball with your feet and head. And no referee. But for Minnesota United players, there's plenty of laughing and, more seriously, skill development.
Minnesota United fans will get their first long look at newly signed Uruguayan teenager Thomas Chacon on Saturda
Every time Carli Lloyd comes to Minnesota, all she does is score twice and win.
The World Cup heroes have been showered with goodwill leading up to Tuesday's friendly against Portugal at Minnesota United's home pitch.
Five days after it lost a U.S. Open Cup final 2-1 at Atlanta, Minnesota United altered its formation and delivered its biggest victory this season.
Rookie Hassani Dotson and second-year striker Mason Toye will join the national team for training in Chula Vista, Calif., after the Loons' game Sunday at LAFC
Minnesota United's first designated player said he wasn't expecting the move in the U.S. Open Cup final after scoring six goals in the team's first four tournament games.
Five days before its "Victory Tour" arrives at Allianz Field, the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national team will play Portugal without four of its high-profile players.
The Loons have four days to train and travel to LA for Sunday's game, then another 10 days — with a friendly against Mexican club Pachuca in between — to "recharge the batteries" before it plays its next MLS game.
Coach Adrian Heath altered his starting 11 for the Open Cup final, keeping star midfielder Darwin Quintero on the bench until the match's final 15 minutes.
The Loons gave up two quick scores to Atlanta, including an own-goal 10 minutes into the match, and couldn't take advantage of prime opportunities in the final minutes.
At stake is a six-figure payday, a trophy contested by U.S. teams for more than 100 years and a place in the Americas' Champions League competition in 2020.
United coach Adrian Heath said Rodriguez is "probably" the only player who will be a game-day decision Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Using dramatically different strategies since joining MLS in 2017, much-improved Minnesota United and spending-happy Atlanta United meet Tuesday for one of America's top pro soccer titles.
Thomas Chacon and Wilfried Moimbe-Tahrat made their MLS debuts Thursday in the team's 1-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City, one replacing the other.
One of the biggest factors in Minnesota United's sharp 2019 improvement has been the presence of Ike Opara. The 6-foot-4 defender leads the Loons against his former team tonight in Kansas City.
Thomas Chacon was early in his season for Danubio in Uruguay's first division when United acquired the teenager for a multimillion-dollar transfer fee and signed him to a five-year contract
Minnesota United returned to training Monday with starters Ozzie Alonso and Angelo Rodriguez feeling better but unlikely to play Thursday.
Newly signed Minnesota United midfielder Thomas Chacon celebrated his 19th birthday with an 18-hour journey from Uruguay that ended with his arrival Sunday morning in the Twin Cities.
The Loons were moments away from a defeat until Abu Danaldi's opportunistic strike.
"Speed, skill, flair, goal-scoring ability, goal-creating ability, he had it all. He still has it."
The Loons coach helped lead Saturday's opponent into MLS while Molino played six seasons there.
The veteran midfielder set up another goal Wednesday, but coach Adrian Heath said that having Molino be "little bit more greedy at times would help."
Darwin Quintero's goal in the 39th minute -- after being stopped on a penalty kick two minutes earlier -- helps the Loons improve their Allianz Field record to 8-1-4.
Mason Toye, who drew a red card after the incident, had already been suspended for Minnesota United's game tonight against the Colorado Rapids.