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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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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.
Tiger Woods birdied six of the last 12 holes Sunday for a final-round, 2-under 69, but Twin Cities fans won’t see his shot-making at next month’s

Woods finishes strong at Open, but won't come to Minnesota for 3M

Final-round 69 likely will be his last before the British Open, meaning the inaugural 3M Open will go forth in July in Blaine without him.
Gary Woodland reacted after missing a putt on the 18th hole during the third round, meaning he takes a one-shot lead into Sunday over Justin Rose.

Gary Woodland remains in lead going into final round at U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka is among those within four shots of him.
Phil Mickelson played an approach shot on the 11th hole as his caddie looks on during the third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

Osceola's Charlie Danielson plays memorable round with Phil Mickelson

Charlie Danielson played with Phil Mickelson in round of firsts.
Jordan Spieth shot a very uneven 69 on Friday, getting seven birdies and five bogeys to move him to 1 under par.

Jordan Spieth enters weekend at U.S. Open under par despite five bogeys

A card littered with bogeys shows him still standing, and under par at Pebble Beach.
2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose led four other competitors — including two-time major winner Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler, who has never w

Rose goes low, but he's got company after U.S. Open first round

Justin Rose tied Tiger Woods' record 65 from 2000, but he only leads by one shot over four other players. Woods shot a 70 that was marred by one shot he called 'terrible.'
Charlie Danielson

Osceola golfer Danielson's 'weird day' turns out OK at Pebble Beach

The Osceola, Wis., golfer was satisfied at 1 over par.
Brooks Koepka — winner of the past two U.S. Opens and PGA majors — has a chance to win a third Open in a row.

Koepka takes on history as a playing partner at U.S. Open

World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, two-time defending champion at the U.S. Open, deems himself a regular guy everywhere but on the golf course.
Hollis Cavner

Cavner works U.S. Open field for more commitments to 3M Open

3M Open executive director Hollis Cavner arrived at Pebble Beach on Saturday and will leave Wednesday night. In between, he'll lean on players to come to Blaine next month. Tony Finau committed on Tuesday.
Krooked Kreek to Pebble Beach: Osceola golfer ready for U.S. Open

Krooked Kreek to Pebble Beach: Osceola golfer ready for U.S. Open

It's called Krooked Kreek, with two K's, and it's about an hour from the Twin Cities. "I like to call it a bar that has a golf course attached," the club pro said about the course where Charlie Danielson learned the game.
Tony Finau watched a drive at the PGA Championship on May 19.

Tony Finau commits to play in 3M Open

The 29-year-old has a top 10 finish at each of the major tournaments.
TV analyst Kyndra de St. Aubin, right, and play-by-play partner Callum Williams talk live during a pre-game broadcast before Minnesota United’s matc

Loons TV analyst shifts to Los Angeles to call World Cup games for Fox

It's Stillwater-raised Kyndra de St. Aubin's second stint with the women's tournament after she and play-by-play partner Jenn Hildreth impressed as the network's only all-female pairing in 2015.
Loons not worried about 'barren spells' on the scoreboard

Loons not worried about 'barren spells' on the scoreboard

Minnesota United is aimed at the playoffs with the season's midway point approaching, but it has allowed one more goal (24) than it has scored (23).
Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone dove for the ball as it goes into the goal on a penalty kick by Philadelphia Union midfielder Jamiro Monteiro

Loons' home unbeaten streak gets tarnished in 3-2 loss to Philadelphia

Auston Trusty's opportunistic, point-blank goal in the 86th minute sent the Loons to their first defeat in seven matches since moving into Allianz Field.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson celebrated his goal against the Philadelphia Union in the first half Sunday.

Minnesota United rookie Dotson's goal turns up the volume

Hassani Dotson's sharp half-volley strike from 20 yards out eluded the outstretched fingers of diving Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and glanced off the near post to tie the score at 1 in the 28th minute and spark an interactive chart for Loons fans.
Romain Metanire left France to start at right back for Minnesota United and get a taste of life in the United States.

Seek and found: Metanire, a tireless two-way weapon, is Loons' biggest surprise

Through some old-fashioned scouting legwork and circumstance the Loons discovered Romaine Metanire and he has responded with an unexpected combination of strength and speed.
Stacy Lewis and Phil Mickelson took shots at Target Field on May 6 to promote the KPMG Women’s PGA Tournament.

Stacy Lewis to headline Women's PGA field at Hazeltine

Lewis was 23 when she played professionally for the first time and led after three rounds of the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen Country Club in Edina.
The snow and cold couldn’t keep 35,043 fans from showing up to support Minnesota United for its MLS home opener against fellow expansion side Atlant

United they meet: Loons-Atlanta comparison no longer a snow job

The 2017 MLS expansion franchises meet Wednesday in Atlanta with similar records and on more equal footing on the pitch than in their first lopsided matchup in the snow.
Five-time PGA Tour winner Hideki Matsuyama is the latest to commit to play the inaugural 3M Open at TPC of the Twin Cities in Blaine in July.

Matsuyama commits to play in 3M Open

Hideki Matsuyama has placed in the Top 10 in every major championship, with seven such finishes.
Midfielder Hassani Dotson demonstrated his “feel for the game” when the Loons needed his skills on the defensive end.

Minnesota United's Dotson rising to different challenges

One gets the feeling Loons coach Adrian Heath is comfortable wherever — midfield, right back, left back — he plays the 2019 second-round draft pick.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire (19) and forward Angelo Rodriguez (9) slapped hands in the second half during a game earlier this month. The

Loons pick up a home victory, 1-0 over Houston

The Loons remained undefeated in their new home after right back Romain Metanire's first MLS goal in the first half stood up as the game winner.

Dotson impresses enough to earn another start with Loons

Hasani Dotson, 21, impressed management with his personality, determination, strength and ability to play more than one position during pre-draft preparations.
The American flag was carried in for the Schwan’s USA Cup in 2001 at the National Sports Center. Minnesota United is becoming a presenting sponsor o

Minnesota United deepens soccer ties to Blaine's National Sports Center

The club announced a 15-year partnership to keep its training facilities there and become a presenting sponsor of the annual USA Cup youth soccer tournament.
Minnesota's summer of golf turns pro like never before

Minnesota's summer of golf turns pro like never before

One month from Thursday, a women's PGA champion will be crowned at Hazeltine. Two weeks later, many of the world's best male golfers gather in Blaine for a regular tour stop that's been absent in Minnesota for 50 years
The Loons' Kevin Molino and Karim Rekik of Hertha Berlin fought for the ball in the first half.

Molino's exit a concern after Loons' friendly loss to Hertha Berlin

Midfielder Kevin Molino, one of few Minnesota United regulars playing in Wednesday's international friendly, left the game in the first half with a tight hamstring.
Fabian Lustenberger, a member of the Berlin Hertha team from Germany’s Bundesliga, helped students at Twin Cities German language immersion school w

Visiting German pro soccer club brings a unified pitch to Minnesota

Unified Berlin's most famous soccer team, Hertha Berlin, has arrived in Minnesota seeking to make itself better known in the United States.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra, left, moved from a midfield spot on the right side to left back for Saturday’s 1-0 home victory over Colu

United's Ibarra boosts back line in win over Columbus

Miguel Ibarra's move from a midfield spot on the right side to left back for Saturday's 1-0 home victory over Columbus provided a boost to the Loons' back line.
Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay (13, right) celebrated after scoring a goal in the second half as midfielder Kevin Molino (7) and forward Ang

Finlay scores against old team, leads Loons to 1-0 win over Columbus

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 midfielder Miguel Ibarra (10) and Columbus Crew defender Josh Williams (3) jumped to head the ball in the second half.

Minnesota United shuffles lineup to shore up defense

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath shuffled his starting 11 for Saturday's game against Columbus.
Minnesota United star forward Darwin Quintero has been in a reserve’s role the past two games — his first two times as a Loon — during a season

Loons hope Quintero starts scoring in new formation

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.
United midfielder Ethan Finlay figures that once he scores a goal this season, more will come. He had knee surgery early last season.

Composed Finlay ready to get 'off the schneid' for Minnesota United

Loons midfielder Ethan Finlay hasn't scored this season despite chances.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath.

Minnesota United looks to return to goal-scoring form

After getting shut out Saturday night, the Loons have scored two goals over their past four games.
Francisco Calvo (right), playing for the Loons in Toronto in April, will be in a Chicago Fire kit against them Saturday night.

Extra emotion once again as Loons face Calvo in Chicago

Francisco Calvo is not happy about his final days with Minnesota.
LPGA Tour star Stacy Lewis and PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson took turns Monday re-enacting famous hits from Twins history from home plate at Target Fie

Minnesota's reputation on the golf tour is growing, Mickelson says

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.
Ike Opara scored a big goal for United with his headwork rather than footwork, and paid the price despite his protective headband.

Opara's head game breaks Loons' set-piece drought, draws blood again

Opara scores Loons goal on a header against Seattle on Saturday, but gets a bloody nose in the process.
PGA chief championships officer Kerry Haigh is no stranger to organizing championships at Hazeltine National.

PGA officer Haigh returns to prepare Hazeltine for LPGA major

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 midfielder Rasmus Schuller (20) and Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (10) collided as midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6) moved

Loons play to 1-1 draw with Seattle at Allianz Field

Minnesota United remained undefeateed but 1-0-3 at Allianz Field in its inaugural season.

Former Seattle teammates learned a lot from ex-Sounder Alonso

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.
United defender Francisco Calvo (5) jumped for a header in the first half off a corner kick against New York City in the Allianz Field opener on April

United trades team captain Calvo to Chicago for cash

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.
United midfielder Ozzie Alonso, obtained from Seattle in the offseason on waivers, is a veteran leader.

Alonso happy with another fresh start, this time with Loons

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.
Minnesota United's Eric Miller defended against D.C. United's Ulises Segura on Sunday.

Loons' shutdown defense has strong Woodbury connection

Eric Miller and Brent Kallman both played high school soccer just down the freeway from Allianz Field.
Minnesota United players gave proper reverence to Oasis’ “Wonderwall” after defeating D.C. United for the team’s first victory at Allianz Fiel

Late goal secures Minnesota United's first victory at 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.
Donovan Pines attempted a header against Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone. The ball went in the net, but video review determined Frederic Bril

Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo sits out again

Coach Adrian Heath decided he did not want to mess with the Loons' defensive success.
The presence of Wayne Rooney, right, benefits the MLS, it’s said. Try convincing those checking him.

'On a different level': Loons set to face Rooney and his superstar effect

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller (20) and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Uriel Antuna (18) jumped for a header in the second half during a d

Spongy Allianz Field turf 'terrible,' weather isn't helping

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.
Changes in Minnesota United’s back line plugged leaks the past two games, including keeping the L.A. Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, in check

Defensive leaks plugged for Loons; will they hold?

Return of players might offer coach Adrian Heath even more options.

Alonso keeps captain's armband for Loons with Calvo out

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.
Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath yelled to his players from the sidelines in the second half.

After United's rough loss, Heath offers pep talk and some praise

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.
Tom Lehman has supervised changes at the TPC Twin Cities.

Home-course advantage? 3M Open to offer spots to Lehman, Herron

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 effect of red cards Friday — this one to Jan Gregus — will linger into Wednesday, when the Loons must play without Gregus and Francisco Calvo.

Mental meltdowns lead to suspensions for two United players

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.
Loons right back Romain Metanire made a header one of his team-leading 82 touches Saturday at Allianz Field.

Metanire's runs on the right changed game, Loons coach says

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 acknowledged the crowd after his first-half goal. “Means a lot,” Alonso said. “I never thought I’d score first goal in new stadiu

Alonso's goal triggers screaming from Loons faithful

Ozzie Alonso became the first to score a goal in new Allianz Field, on a powerful volley from 8 yards out
Crews worked to install the clock and manual scoreboard above the Brew Hall on Friday at Allianz Field amid snow flurries ahead of Saturday’s home o

Allianz Field's clock, scoreboard resemble those from National Sports Center

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.
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