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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.
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United coach Adrian Heath demands that his team be ready to play.

Dazzling or flat, mystifying Minnesota United knows it can play

A playoff berth is now a victory away, but the Loons still needs to avoid inexcusable lapses.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson celebrated a goal earlier this season.

Minnesota United's Mason Toye, Hassani Dotson have hopes to compete in 2020 Olympics

The two Loons players have boosted their chances to play for the United States next year in Tokyo, if the Americans can make it.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath last month.

Minnesota United can clinch playoff berth Sunday with a win, help

The Loons need to beat Portland and have either San Jose or Dallas lose.
Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman will miss the rest of the season on suspension.

Kallman says he's 'paying the consequences' with 10-game MLS suspension

Major League Soccer has suspended Minnesota United veteran defender Brent Kallman for 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Retired LPGA superstar Annika Sorenstam awarded former Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi the ANNIKA Award — given to the nation’s best female college go

Retired superstar golfer Sorenstam gives back through foundation

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.
Metanire, back from national team, provides Loons a spark

Metanire, back from national team, provides Loons a spark

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.
Minnesota United FC goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair

Loons rookie St. Clair embodies 'sweeper keepers' redefining soccer

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.
MLS West remains tight squeeze for Loons, everyone else

MLS West remains tight squeeze for Loons, everyone else

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.
New Minnesota goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr, right, works with backup rookie goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair on the field Wednesday at Houston.

New Loons GK coach brings pedigree to quest of molding goalkeepers

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath, who has hired Stewart Kerr previously, sees him as the ideal mentor for talented rookie Dayne St. Clair.
Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi

Chacon starts, Loons draw 2-2 vs. Mexican side CF Pachuca in friendly

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.
Toward the end of Minnesota United’s training session Friday, players engaged in a fun game of skill called ''soccer tennis,'' in which they kick a

Trash-talking goes thigh-high with Loons' energetic mashup game

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.
Loons' Chacon to get first start in friendly with Mexican side Pachuca

Loons' Chacon to get first start in friendly with Mexican side Pachuca

Minnesota United fans will get their first long look at newly signed Uruguayan teenager Thomas Chacon on Saturda
Carli Lloyd celebrated her first goal as the U.S. women's national team took took on Portugal at Allianz Field

Carli Lloyd scores twice again in visit to Minnesota

Every time Carli Lloyd comes to Minnesota, all she does is score twice and win.
United States star midfielder Megan Rapinoe went through a warmup at Allianz Field with her World Cup teammates with no worries Monday. Rapinoe, the G

U.S. women's soccer team brings its World Cup Victory Tour to Allianz

The World Cup heroes have been showered with goodwill leading up to Tuesday's friendly against Portugal at Minnesota United's home pitch.
Minnesota United FC coach Adrian Heath (shown in a July game against New Mexico United at Allianz Field) earned his 50th MLS victory with the Loons' 2

Loons strengthen playoff push with 'magnificent' victory

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.

Loons' Dotson, Toye picked for U.S. team aimed at Olympics

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 forward Darwin Quintero, shown trying to get supporters into a game earlier this season, said he was frustrated and hurt about not st

Loons' star Quintero upset about not starting team's biggest game

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.
Megan Rapinoe, center, is joined by teammates on the U.S. women's national soccer team during a celebratory rally at City Hall following a ticker-tape

Rapinoe, three other stars out for Thursday's U.S. victory tour match

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Robin Lod (16) and Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez battled for the ball during the U.S. Open Cup final on Tuesday

Loons can't dwell on loss to Atlanta in final of U.S. Open Cup

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.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire (19) and Atlanta United defender Florentin Pogba (4) battle for the ball as Minnesota head coach Adrian Heat

Quintero benched until late in match, declines to discuss it

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.
Atlanta United celebrates winning the U.S. Open Cup as Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero falls to his knees as the clock runs out at Mer

Open and shut: Early goals doom Loons to 2-1 loss in Open Cup final

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.
Atlanta United is less than two weeks removed from celebrating a championship at home, having beaten Club America 3-2 in the Campeones Cup final on Au

Biggest match ever: United goes for Open Cup title tonight in Atlanta

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.
Minnesota United forward Angelo Rodriguez held the back of his leg after an injury in the first half against Orlando City earlier this month. ] Aaron

Striker Rodriguez questionable for Tuesday's Open Cup final

United coach Adrian Heath said Rodriguez is "probably" the only player who will be a game-day decision Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone (1), one of five new starters acquired during the offseason, grabs a ball in front of teammate Ike Opara, lef

'No crazy decisions' approach puts Loons in Open Cup title match

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.
Portland Timbers defender Larry Mabiala and Minnesota United midfielder Robin Lod

Two newest Loons get playing time in loss at Kansas City

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.
Sweat flew off the head of Minnesota United defender Ike Opara (3) during the Aug. 4 game against Portland at Allianz Field. He has worn the protectiv

Locked-in Opara brings 'massive' presence, intensity to United

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 practiced with Minnesota United for the first time on Tuesday.

Chacon impresses United teammates on 'first day at a new school'

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 forward Angelo Rodriguez (9) held the back of his leg after an injury in the first half against Orlando City.

Two injured Loons starters unlikely to play against Sporting K.C.

Minnesota United returned to training Monday with starters Ozzie Alonso and Angelo Rodriguez feeling better but unlikely to play Thursday.
Newly signed United midfielder Thomas Chacon celebrated his 19th birthday Saturday with an 18-hour journey from Uruguay that ended with his arrival Su

Loons teenaged newcomer Chacon ready for bold, new adventure

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.
Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi, far right, scored a goal against Orlando City during stoppage time, leading to a tie.
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Stoppage-time goal enables Minnesota United to salvage 1-1 draw with Orlando

The Loons were moments away from a defeat until Abu Danaldi's opportunistic strike.
Orlando City forward Nani, right, celebrated after he scored against the Loons on a penalty kick Saturday.

Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper thrilled to mark Nani, his idol

"Speed, skill, flair, goal-scoring ability, goal-creating ability, he had it all. He still has it."
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino (left) against Colorado earlier this season.

Orlando City retains special meaning for Minnesota United's Adrian Heath, Kevin Molino

The Loons coach helped lead Saturday's opponent into MLS while Molino played six seasons there.
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino went against Portland's defender Zarek Valentin earlier this month.

Minnesota United wouldn't mind a little more selfishness from Kevin Molino

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."
Minnesota United midfielder Darwin Quintero (25) scored the game's lone goal during the first half Wednesday as Colorado Rapids defender Tommy Smith (

Not-to-be-denied Quintero sparks Loons over Colorado

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.
Minnesota United forward Mason Toye (23) scored a goal as Portland Timbers defender Claude Dielna (5) defended during the second half of their U.S. Op

Toye suspended for additional game for spitting at Dallas player

Mason Toye, who drew a red card after the incident, had already been suspended for Minnesota United's game tonight against the Colorado Rapids.
Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay (13) has made a breakthrough of sorts with three goals in the past three games, two of them alone in Saturday

Loons' Finlay impressing on more than just the scoresheet

Minnesota United's 29-year-old forward has scored three goals in three games, continuing his improving play since returning from knee surgery last year.
United forward Mason Toye, who has four goals, is one of the team’s impoving young players. He is 20.

'Young Loons' platoon assembles amid a win-now push

One has become a starter in his rookie season. Another keeps scoring game-winners. They and six other young players will soon be joined by 18-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Thomas Chacon.
Loons forward Mason Toye scored a goal as Portland defender Claude Dielna defended during the second half.

'Great day for the club.' Loons fell Timbers, reach Open Cup title match

Darwin Quintero connected on a penalty kick while Mason Toye's goal in the 64th minute gave Minnesota the victory and a date in Atlanta for the title.
Uruguay’s Thomas Chacon

Star on a stick: Loons make a splash to add teenager Chacon

Minnesota United announced it has acquired 5-foot-5 Uruguayan midfielder Thomas Chacon by making him the team's most expensive acquisition.
Minnesota United midfielder and captain Osvaldo Alonso

Why the U.S. Open Cup is a big deal for Loons: Because it's a Cup

United midfielder explained the significance of tonight's game with Portland at Allianz Field: "It's a little bit unique to the soccer culture, playing for cups. But it's extremely important to us."
Minnesota FC midfielder Ethan Finlay converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute to lift the Loons over Portland FC 1-0 at Allianz Field on Sunday.

Controversial stoppage-time goal gives Loons boost toward playoffs

The game was scoreless until a video replay determined that Portland player hit a corner kick with his arm, resulting in Ethan Finlay's penalty kick score.
Minnesota FC midfielder Ethan Finlay let out a yell after scoring the game's only goal on a penalty kick in the 90th minute to lift the Loons over Por

Finlay rewards Heath's confidence in him with converted penalty shot

Ethan Finlay went left – just inside the post – against former Columbus teammate Steve Clark, Portland's goalkeeper who dove and got a hand on Finlay's shot but couldn't stop it.
Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone had spent his entire professional career in England before joining the Loons.

Retirement league no more: MLS spending entices better soccer talent

Still trailing Europe's best leagues in pace and payroll, MLS is becoming a viable destination for developing young stars.
Thomas Chacon, who turns 19 this month, will become Minnesota United’s biggest investment yet in a designated player.

Uruguayan teenager Chacon is Loons' boldest acquisition yet

Thomas Chacon of Uruguay will join Minnesota United sometime this week.
Newly acquired Lod expected to make MLS debut Sunday for Loons

Newly acquired Lod expected to make MLS debut Sunday for Loons

Robin Lod trained with teammates Friday and will make his MLS debut Sunday against Portland, playing a game for the first time in seven weeks.
Eric Miller

Loons trade Woodbury native Miller to NYCFC in move toward playoffs

Eric Miller, who was in uniform for the team's inaugural game at Allianz Field, called playing for the Loons "a dream come true.''
Loons defender Chase Gasper drew stellar marks Saturday from coach Adrian Heath.

Rookie showing he belongs in Minnesota United's starting lineup

Chase Gasper scores high with his coach for his work in scoreless tie against Vancouver.

Loons keeper Mannone finds eased schedule to be poorly timed

Its first full week between games since June provided Minnesota United a welcomed break for everybody, except maybe goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Heath worries Loons might slip into complacency

Game against last-place Vancouver presents a concern and a reminder.
Megan Rapinoe holds the trophy celebrating at the end of the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands.

Allianz Field builds reputation by booking World Cup-winning women

The team that captivated a nation by winning its fourth Women's World Cup is bringing its show to St. Paul to play in the country's newest pro soccer stadium.
Newly added Moimbe provides left-footed oomph to Loons' playoff push

Newly added Moimbe provides left-footed oomph to Loons' playoff push

Wilfried Moimbe, who most recently played in France's second division, trained with Minnesota United on Tuesday but has immigration paperwork to complete before he will be available for matches.
United about to add veteran French defender for playoff push

United about to add veteran French defender for playoff push

Minnesota United is finalizing a deal to sign left back Wilfried Moimbe, 30, from France's second division. The deal is expected to be done Tuesday.
Matthew Wolff, right, hugged executive director Hollis Cavner after winning the 3M Open with an eagle on the final hole Sunday at TPC Twin Cities in B

Cavner on first 3M Open: 'It was more than I could have hoped for'

The tournament's executive director and many golf fans were buzzing about the fabulous finish that crowned 20-year-old rookie Matthew Wolff champion.
Matthew Wolff tries to grasp the enormity of the moment, after his final-hole eagle catapulted him to victory in the 3M Open on Sunday.

20-year-old Wolff wins 3M Open with eagle on 18th hole

On Saturday, Matthew Wolff needed to borrow $60 to properly tip the locker room staff at the 3M Open. About 24 hours later, he won the $1.152 million payday in Blaine.
Tom Lehman tipped his cap to the gallery on Sunday.

Was this the last Minnesota tournament for Lehman?

The large crowds gathered around TPC Twin Cities' closing 18th hole warmly welcomed 60-year-old Tom Lehman up the fairway and onto the green.
Matthew Wolff, left, joked with Tom Lehman as they walked to the eighth hole following a birdie by Wolff and an eagle by Lehman on the seventh hole.

Three share lead going into final round of 3M Open

Recent collegians Fresh faces Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa are tied atop the leaderboard with second-round leader Bryson DeChambeau.
New leader Bryson DeChambeau recorded as many birdies (nine) as pars en route to a 9-under 62 at the 3M Open.

Bryson DeChambeau shoots 9-under 62, takes lead at 3M Open at 14 under

On a muggy, windless Friday morning, the 25-year-old took charge with a blistering second-round at TPC Twin Cities.
PGA Tour golfer Scott Stallings pictured in January 2014 (left) and March 2019. Stallings said he had a number of health problems in 2014, in part fro

Golfer Scott Stallings sheds 55 pounds by dropping poor health habits

The three-time PGA Tour winner, who shot 66 in the second round of the 3M Open, has taken care of a number of issues that were making him exhausted.
Curtis Luck chipped onto the ninth green during the second round of the 3M Open on Friday. ] ALEX KORMANN• alex.kormann@startribune.com

Another pride of Perth excelling in a Minnesota tournament

Curtis Luck is doing well, two weeks after his childhood friend Hannah Green won at Hazeltine.
Scott Piercy acknowledged the gallery on the 18th green at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine after shooting a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead at the 3

Piercy fires 9-under 62 to take 3M Open first-round lead

Scott Piercy leapfrogged Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin, who shot matching 64s in morning rounds at TPC Twin Cities, to grab the lead.
Brooks Koepka is at his best in big events, having won four of the past nine majors, and comes to the inaugural 3M Open in Blaine as the world’s top

Drive to succeed: Koepka relishes courses like beefed-up TPC Twin Cities

In Brooks Koepka's world, difficult is good, and the more demanding a course, the better.
Phil Mickelson slapped hands of young fans after playing the first of a few practice holes on Tuesday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

From '91 to now: Mickelson, Minnesota golf events go way back

Fond memories of Minnesota - from the 1991 U.S. Open to the Ryder Cup - brought Phil Mickelson to the first 3M Open.
Caddie Jacob Roy and pro-am participant Nikki Jung walked the fairway and discussed the recently renovated 18th hole Monday. Roy is a 19-year-old part

Product of caddie training program walks with Herron group

Bloomington's Jacob Roy worked Monday alongside PGA Tour veteran Tim Herron in a pro-am group for the inaugural 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. He represented the caddie slogan he wore on his cap: Best First Job Ever.
Minnesota native and 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman co-designed TPC Twin Cities when the course opened in 2001. Last fall, he supervised change

Changes at TPC course to challenge but not constrict 3M Open field

Track has been toughened, but PGA stars still can score.
Brooks Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world, leads some stellar names in this week’s 3M Open.

3M Open seeking its own brand of fireworks

Tournament organizers are banking on Minnesotans accustomed to traveling north for the 4th of July sip their craft beers and sun themselves from skyboxes, corporate pavilions and along the ropes for the 3M Open.
Taste Fore the Tour event director Pete Kostroski (left), Guest of Honor Sir Nick Faldo and event founder Wayne Kostroski stood in Faldo’s home in F

Q&A: Nick Faldo on wine, golf and the 3M Open

Sir Nick Faldo discussed wine, golf and the return of an annual PGA Tour event to Minnesota for the first time in 50 years.
Tom Lehman has implemented changes at TPC Twin Cities that will make a pro golfer test his game for next week's 3M Open in Blaine.

One week away: 3M Open throws a golf party 50 years in the making

When the first ball is struck next Thursday - July 4th - an annual PGA Tour stop will have returned to Minnesota for the first time since Frank Beard won the 1969 Minnesota Golf Classic at Braemer in Edina.
Hannah Green tried to compose herself on the eighteenth green Sunday after winning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club o

This Bud's for Green: Champ's KPMG title 'hasn't sunk in' yet

The smell of beer remained soaked into her golf shirt when Hannah Green rose Monday morning, reminding her that first major-championship victory.
Lily Kostner, 7, left, met with Hannah Green during Sunday's final round of the Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Minneapolis first-grader has handwritten poem for champion Hannah Green

Lily Kostner, 7, got a golf ball and a high-five from Hannah Green earlier this year and gave back Sunday.
Ariya Jutanugarn reacts after missing a birdie putt on No. 10 during the third round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine

Jutanugarn shoots 68, one back of Green at Women's PGA Championship

Hannah Green's first three-putt of the week came on Hazeltine's 18th green on Saturday. She's at 9 under, with Ariya Jutanugarn a shot back heading into the final round.
Hannah Green handed off a club to her caddie as she walked down the ninth hole fairway Friday at Hazeltine National.

Green keeps lead at Women's PGA with short game, 'luck'

Following Friday's 3-under 69, Hannah Green leads big-hitting Ariya Jutanugarn by three shots and two players, including defending champion Sung Hyun Park, by four.
Hannah Green played bogey-free golf on the first day of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and took a one-shot lead after a 4-under-par 68.

Australian leads by a stroke after first round of Women's PGA

Hannah Green is the KPMG Women's PGA Championship's first-round leader by one shot after Thursday's scrambling, bogey-free, 4-under-par 68.
LPGA rookie Elizabeth Szokol walked with her caddie, Jeff Steffler, to the 18th green during a practice round at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Wedne

'Big, intimidating, awesome:' Hazeltine a top test for LPGA's best this week

The KPMG Women's PGA Championship, which starts this morning, brings back Hazeltine National's traditional hole routing and once again rewards accuracy on a course that can stretch to 6,800 yards.
Gary Woodland celebrated after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday.

Woodland produces down the stretch to capture U.S. Open title

He holed a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a 2-under 69, giving him the lowest 72-hole score in six U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach and a three-shot victory over Brooks Koepka, who was going for a third consecutive U.S. Open victory.
LPGA Tour player Danielle Kang is a woman of many interests. She earned a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo when she was 7, paints and draws, love

LPGA star Kang: 'Golf just kind of happened in my life'

Danielle Kang qualified for the 2007 U.S. Women's Open when she was 14, but has never been consumed by the game."I haven't watched Caddyshack," she admitted.
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