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Jerry Zgoda

Reporter | Minnesota United FC
Phone: 612-673-7197

Jerry Zgoda covers Minnesota United FC and Major League Soccer for the Star Tribune.


Zgoda has been a Star Tribune sportswriter so long, his first beat directly out of college was covering the North Stars. In nearly 30 years, he has covered the NHL, the Wolves and the NBA twice (he missed the first Kevin Garnett era, which says something about his sense of timing), Gophers and NCAA athletics, the radio/TV beat, major-championship golf and outdoor recreation.
Recent content from Jerry Zgoda
Brooks Koepka was part of the winning Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine in 2016.

Brooks Koepka, world's third-ranked golfer, set to play in first 3M Open

At third in the world, he has the top ranking entered so far, and he's a two-time Open champ.
Angelo Rodriguez.

Loons have bye week to evaluate fast start, loss to Los Angeles

The Galaxy defeat shows that not everything is figured out yet.
Ibrahimovic

Olum, who has ties to Minnesota and Loons coach Heath

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.
Phil Mickelson celebrated his putt on the 18th hole at Hazeltine National Golf Course to finish his Sunday round at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Big addition for 3M Open: Phil Mickelson commits to play in Blaine

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 FC’s Ozzie Alonso (6), acquired during the offseason from Seattle, fights for a loose ball during a preseason friendly against New

Alonso firms up suddenly stingy Loons defense

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.
The Loons’ Darwin Quintero (25) scored on a penalty kick against San Jose’s Daniel Vega. It was the team’s 100th MLS goal.

Minnesota United says goodbye to negativity, hello to 2-0 season start

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.
Minnesota United’s Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) celebrates his goal with Rasmus Schuller during the first half against Vancouver Whitecaps on March 2

Minnesota United Insider: Does remade team have mental resolve to win more on the road?

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.
New Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda coached for Chivas de Guadalajara in Mexico last season.

Loons to encounter 'set of cards' defense against San Jose

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…
Minnesota United forward Angelo Rodriguez (9) maneuvered the ball past New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson for a goal in a game on Sept. 29, 2018

Rodriguez is back to prove he's a scorer for Loons

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.
Minnesota United forward Angelo Rodriguez (9) maneuvered the ball past New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson for a goal in a game on Sept. 29, 2018

Minnesota United's Angelo Rodriguez is back to prove he's a scorer

The designated player has been limited by injuries.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook battled for the ball in the first half Tuesday night.

Towns scores 41 points as Wolves drown out the Thunder

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 was third on the team with 91 touches on Saturday in Vancouver.

Metanire's defense for Minnesota United impresses new goalkeeper

Romain Metanire stood out by defending the box and pushing the attack.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone (1) made a save near teammate Ike Opara (3) during the second half. Mannone, making his Loons debut, turned 3

Loons GK Mannone used to big games on his birthday

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.

Danladi says he's healthy, but Loons not going to play him yet

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.
From front to back: Loons midfielder Ozzie Alonso, defender Romain Metanire, defender Ike Opara and midfielder Jan Gregus.

Defend and deliver: Loons' roster remake will 'accept nothing less' than playoffs

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.
Minnesota United defender Francisco Calvo (5) passed the ball during the first half of the team’s friendly against New York City FC on Feb. 20 in Or

Defensive additions leave Loons' Calvo on the left

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.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath cited a lack of injuries and “a lot of positives’’ from the team’s preseason training.

United, with just one preseason goal allowed, back home

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.
Minnesota United forward Romario Ibarra attempted a shot on goal in the first half against the Portland Timbers last September

Romario Ibarra leads Loons' charge away from the ball

Ibarra acknowledges "my strength is my speed" and throughout preseason training sessions Heath has prodded, urging Ibarra to run from, not toward, the ball.
Minnesota United FC goalie Dayne St. Clair stopped a shot on goal during the second half

Rookie keeper is lone bright spot in Loons' preseason victory

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.
Minnesota United forward Mason Toye attempted a shot on goal in front of Orlando City defender Amro Tarek during the second half of an MLS match in Ma

Stronger Toye aims to show Minnesota United he's wiser, too

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.
Jason Day is the third player in the world rankings’ top 15 who has committed to play in the inaugural 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine this Jul

Big day for 3M Open: Jason Day commits to play

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra celebrated a goal against Toronto FC on July 4 last summer. Ibarra scored Saturday in a preseason win over N

Ibarra scores, Loons defense remains strong in 1-0 win over New England

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.
New Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone has some immigration paperwork in England to complete, which might keep him out of Saturday's preseason g

New Loons goalkeeper Mannone absent for travel issues

Immigration paperwork in England might keep him out of Saturday's final preseason game against Orlando City.
New draft pick Chase Gasper, center, has impressed coaches with his poise and maturity. He leapt out to defend during a Minnesota United scrimmage las

Loons' trio of SuperDraft picks drawing high praise

Preseason training by goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, defender Chase Gasper and midfielder Hassani Dotson have earned glowing assessments from coach Adrian Heath.
New Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone signed a scarf for a fan after he joined the team in showing off new kits, or uniforms, for the 2019 seas

Loons goalkeeper Mannone gets a Minnesota welcome

Italian born and raised, Mannone has left behind a professional career built in England's Premier League and second division for MLS.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath applauded his players after practice on Jan. 22 at their practice facility in Blaine.

Loons shaping up on defense with new pieces

Coach Adrian Heath liked what he saw from the Loons' defense-minded acquisitions during the team's recently completed preseason training trip.
Goalkeeper Vito Mannone, playing for Sunderland in an English Premier League soccer match in January 2016.

Goalkeeper Mannone heading to Loons as key part of club overhaul

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.'
Newly acquired Jan Gregus chased after Ozzie Alonso as he dribbled the ball up the field in Minnesota United's training session Jan. 22 at its practic

Loons newcomers Gregus, Alonso start to bond in rebuilt midfield

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.
Si Woo Kim

Two Players Championship titlists commit to 3M Open

Players have until June 28 — the Friday afternoon before tournament week — to commit and can withdraw at any time.
Easy-going Manley hopes to play with an edge for Loons

Easy-going Manley hopes to play with an edge for Loons

Loons coach Adrian Heath has made it clear he expects more from recent draft picks Abu Danladi, Mason Toye, Wyatt Omsberg and Carter Manley
Bryson DeChambeau was the first player to officially commit to the 3M Open, Minnesota's first regular PGA Tour event in 50 years.

3M Open seeks top players' commitments in a busy PGA Tour schedule

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.
Newly acquired defender Ike Opara is ready to begin practice Thursday with the Loons.

Opara brings Minnesota ties, vows to help United 'turn this ship around'

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller

Schuller hoping there's still room for him in United's crowded midfield

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.
Ike Opara, left, is the fourth defensive-minded player to join the Loons since the end of their second MLS season, one in which they gave up 71 goals.

Another big move: United acquires 2017 MLS Defender of the Year

Ike Opara is the fourth defensive-minded player to join the Loons since the end of their second MLS season, one in which they gave up 71 goals.
Newly acquired midfielder Jan Gregus, center, stood out with his size and skills in a Loons practice Tuesday.

Gregus a fluent, fluid part of United's midfield makeover

Jan Gregus, 27, joins a midfield remade after United also signed four-time MLS All-Star Ozzie Alonso, acquired in a bit of league bookkeeping from Seattle on waivers.
Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay

Loons' new midfield look includes two happy returns

Veteran midfielders Ethan Finlay and Kevin Molino missed most of last season with knee injuries.
Newly acquired Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire (left), playing for Reims during a French League One soccer match against Paris-Saint-Germain

United acquires French defender in third 'critical' off-season move

Romain Metanire, a versatile fullback with 10 years of pro soccer experience, will occupy one of the Loons' international roster spots.
Agustin Rossi

Controversial Argentine goalie Rossi won't join Loons

United pursued signing 23-year-old goalkeeper Agustin Rossi from his Boca Juniors team in Buenos Aires, until allegations of domestic abuse made by a former partner in 2016 resurfaced last week.
Maryland's Chase Gasper,slide-tackled Akron's Adbi Mohamed, left, during the 2018 NCAA College Cup soccer match Dec. 9. Gasper was selected by Minneso

Loons' first-round pick Gasper brings maturity, familiarity as training opens

Former Maryland star Chase Gasper said he was 'praying' the Loons would take him so he could join three former teammates from previous stops at the academy and collegiate level.
Loons coach Adrian Heath

Is the third season the charm for Minnesota United?

With $250 million Allianz Field set to open in April, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath knows it is time for him, players and management to deliver with a roster remade for Season 3 that begins training Tuesday in Blaine.
Kim Kaufman

South Dakota native Kim Kaufman eager to see Women's PGA at Hazeltine

As close to a Minnesotan as the LPGA currently gets, South Dakotan Kim Kaufman on Tuesday got her first look at Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of June's KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
A week before it begins training in Blaine, Minnesota United is pursuing 23-year-old Argentinian goalkeeper Agustin Rossi as part of the off-season ma

Minnesota United seeks goalkeeper Rossi from Boca Juniors club

One report says Agustin Rossi would join the Loons with a $12 million option to buy his rights. United also selected two more players in the SuperDraft.
University of Maryland's Dayne St. Clair blocks the ball during the NCAA College Cup soccer championship against Akron on Dec, 9 at the University Cal

United takes top college goalkeeper prospect St. Clair in SuperDraft

With only one goalkeeper currently on its roster, Minnesota United selected Maryland's Dayne St. Clair with the seventh pick in Friday's MLS SuperDraft.
Midfielder Ozzie Alonso (6), newly acquired by Minnesota United, heads the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Sporting Kansas

Soccer's 'Honey Badger' comes to Minnesota as United trades for Alonso

MMinnesota United sporting director Manny Lagos called Ozzie Alonso "another addition to a part of the field where we want to add a lot of grit."
Minnesota United midfielder Darwin Quintero (25) went airborne for a shot on goal last September against New York City FC, the Loons’ opponent when

Loons go west, east for five games before opening Allianz Field

Minnesota United's 2019 regular-season schedule includes 17 matches at their new St. Paul home, starting with New York City FC on April 13 and concluding with LAFC on Sept. 29.
Atlanta's Alex Poythress, right, tries to reach the ball as the Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns drives to the basket in the first half.

Free throws missed, rally stalls as Wolves fall to Atlanta in OT

The Wolves trailed by 22 points in the first half, led by nine points in the fourth quarter yet allowed the Hawks just their 10th win of the season.
Robert Covington

Covington's 'Max' drill had 76ers on the move

Robert Covington has brought his NBA first-team defensive skills and his love for snakes - he own two ball pythons - from Philadelphia to Minnesota
Copenhagen’s Jan Gregus, right, signed as Minnesota United’s third designated player, challenged Slavia’s Ibrahim-Benjamin Traore, left, in a No

United adds FC Copenhagen's Gregus as third designated player

The 27-year-old Slovak midfielder is expected to shore up a key area of need for the Loons.
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shadowed by United midfielder Collen Warner (26) during a game Oct. 21.

Minnesota United will play first game at Allianz Field on April 13

The 4 p.m. game, the first regular season MLS match on the new pitch, will be televised by ESPN, The season-opener is at Vancouver.
Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau first to commit to 3M Open

The fifth-ranked player in the world had four victories in 2018 and was on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Hamline coach Natalie Darwitz, one of the nation's best women's hockey players, will be the first Minnesota woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall o

Speedy Darwitz adds another first to her stellar hockey career

Three-time Olympic medal winner and two-time NCAA champion, Natalie Darwitz will be the fifth woman — and first from Minnesota — in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Minnesota United FC Defender Eric Miller (30) heads the ball away in a June 3, 2018 match between Sporting Kansas City and Minnesota United at Childre

Minnesota United's Miller, Omsberg available for expansion draft

The Loons' defenders are among 255 MLS players that new franchise FC Cincinnati will pick from in Tuesday's expanson draft.
T-Wolves Gaming revealed its franchise logo Tuesday along with plans for a skyway-level training center near Target Center.

New T-Wolves Gaming franchise logo unveiled

The Timberwolves also disclosed plans for a training center for the e-sports franchise, set to begin competition in April in the first e-sports league operated by a U.S. pro sports league.
Esports teams battled during a tournament in California.

Welcome to e-sports, the next big thing in sports

There's a video game revolution going on, and some heavy hitters, such as the NBA, want in.
A fan caught a jersey tossed up by United player Abu Danladi as he walked off the field following the final home game of 2018.

Loons will have United Soccer League affiliate in Madison

One-year deal will precede permanent agreement between the sides in 2020.
St. John's Max Jackson recovered a St. Thomas fumble near their goal line and ran it back 99 yards for a Johnnies touchdown. earlier this season.

St. John's, St. Thomas will play 2019 game at Allianz Field

The new soccer stadium in St. Paul will host rivals that drew more than 37,000 fans when they played at Target Field in 2017.
Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman earned more than $62,000 with an eighth-place finish at a World Poker Tour tournament completed Wednesday in F

Minnesota United player has $62,000 payday -- at the poker table

In this age of the side hustle, Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman has found his at the poker table. So is he thinking about a career change?
Minnesota United declined a contract option for midfielder Ibson (7), shown in a game against Montreal last May at TCF Bank Stadium. Ibson joined the

United targets defense upgrades in parting ways with Ibson, others

United's moves announced Monday leave it with 16 of 30 roster spots filled as it heads into a window the next two months to make other significant changes.
Bethel quarterback Jaran Roste threw for 177 yards against St. Thomas and ran for 116 more.

Bethel knocks off St. Thomas to likely secure D-III playoff berth

Both teams entered Saturday with 8-1 records after each lost to MIAC champion St. John's in October. The Royals put up 217 yards rushing to come away with the win.
Blaine sophomore Will Frederickson scored three touchdowns against Eastview.

CLASS 6A QUARTERFINALS BLAINE 42, EASTVIEW 14A day later, Blaine moving on

A power outage pushed the game's finish back a day.
Eagles QB Nick Foles caught a trick-play touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton on fourth down during Super Bowl LII against the Patriots. More coa

More football coaches bucking tradition, going for it on fourth down

Numbers say going for it on fourth down is often advisable, including fourth-and-10 on your opponent's 40 when a long field goal's odds are just that and a deep punt isn't guaranteed.
Former Gophers star softball pitcher Sara Groenewegen, who contracted Legionnaires’ disease last summer, worked with youngsters at a recent weekend

Former U softball star Groenewegen: Coming back from a coma

All-America softball pitcher Sara Groenewegen spent 10 days in a medically induced coma this summer after falling ill with what doctors eventually diagnosed as Legionnaires' disease
The sun set Sunday on TCF Bank Stadium. The Loons move into new Allianz Field next season.

Record-setting sendoff: Loons lose but support is 'magnificent'

An announced crowd of 52,242 turned out for the Loons' last home game of the season - and final at their temporary home of TCF Bank Stadium - but went home disappointed.
Wolves guard Derrick Rose worked around Cleveland rookie Collin Sexton in the first half Friday.

Rose finds comfort leading Wolves' second unit

Derrick Rose on Friday provided the pulse for a second unit that made six of the Wolves' 10 three-pointers and helped push the home team to a 20-point lead before halftime
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath earlier this season.

Video reviews no help to Minnesota United in 2-0 loss to Colorado

Two goals are overruled, and red cards abound.
United States’ Jordan Morris celebrated his second goal against Martinique during a CONCACAF Gold Cup match last summer in Tampa, Fla. The United St

Team USA to play at St. Paul's Allianz Field on June 18 in soccer's Gold Cup

The new Allianz Field will be host to the U.S. men's national team in its opening game of soccer's championship for North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Tom Lehman’s test: test golf’s best next summer at TPC Twin Cities, where last month he surveyed some recent changes to the course’s layout.

Extreme makeover: Lehman changing course to challenge stars

Lehman is leading an effort to test the world's best golfers on a course with which senior tour players typically collected low scores.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra made an assist to forward Angelo Rodriguez for a goal in the first half

Rodriguez scores twice for Loons in victory over NYCFC

The Loons carried on where they left the Portland game, this time with Angelo Rodriguez scoring two first-half goals.
Patrick Reed teed off on the first hole of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in 2016. The event will return in 2028

Over breakfast, Hazeltine celebrates Ryder Cup past and future

On Saturday, Hazeltine club members remembered the Ryder Cup brought to Chaska for the first time in 2016 and perhaps peering far ahead to when it returns in 2028.
Minnesota native Tom Lehman, captain of the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team in Ireland, became convinced of the value of statistical analytics when he was a

How a key golf stat gives us great Ryder Cup clues

North Score: Statistics could play a big part in the strategy used in the Ryder Cup. Minnesota's own Tom Lehman is a believer.
As the San Francisco 49ers showed in the opener earlier this month vs. the Vikings, NFL players on kickoff teams must line up within one yard of the l

Kill the kickoff? Football may face it, but not without a fight

At all levels of football, rules are being changed to make the kickoff safer. But that might not be enough to save it.
Luol Deng

Bull market: Wolves sign Deng to veteran's minimum contract

Luol Deng was a two-time All-Star forward in Chicago in 2012-13, but played only one game last season for the Lakers even though he was healthy. He joins Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose in Minnesota.
Says coach Tom Thibodeau of Wolves guard Jimmy Butler: “We think this is the best place for him, and it’s up to us to show him the reasons why.”

Thibodeau: Winning best way to reassure fans, players about state of Wolves

Questions about the team's chemistry and Jimmy Butler's future were thrown out at the State Fair.
Josh Okogie was the 20th pick in the NBA draft.

Wolves guard Josh Okogie stands out at NBA rookie program

Okogie was named 'MVP' of the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, an event held every summer to prepare the league's newest players for life as a professional.
Choosing Anthony Tolliver (below right) instead of Nemanja Bjelica (below left) was a matter of timing, not talent, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Thibodeau talks free agency, Butler and other Wolves issues

Asked about Jimmy Butler's relationship with the team and teammates, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned young big man Karl-Anthony Towns as well.
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