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Megan Ryan

Reporter | College sports
Location: Minneapolis
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Megan Ryan is a sports reporter at the Star Tribune covering college sports.

Ryan covered the Minnesota United FC during its first two years of existence. She previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).
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Gophers freshmen, from left, Sammy Walker, Blake McLaughlin and Nathan Burke.

Gophers freshman hockey players in tune, on and off the ice

Nathan Burke, Blake McLaughlin and Sammy Walker form the all-rookie "BMW Line."
Without Kelly Pannek last season, the Gophers missed out on the Frozen Four for the first time since 2011.

Olympic gold medalist Pannek has unfinished business as a Gopher

Kelly Pannek, now a senior, will lead the No. 2 Gophers women's hockey team in a showdown against No. 1 Wisconsin this weekend, with a potential regular-season WCHA title on the line.
Alex Marinellie of Iowa reacted after he pinned Carson Brolsma on Sunday..

No. 4 Iowa wrestlers beat No. 7 Gophers in front of sold-out crowd

Iowa sophomore Austin DeSanto bounced on the mat, waving his arms up and down before putting his hands to his ear to encourage the Maturi Pavilion crowd's boos.
Gophers forward Brent Gates Jr.

Winger Gates keeps even keel amid Gophers' hockey struggles

Brent Gates Jr., whose father played major league baseball, is candid about his struggling team early in the year while doing his best to lead by example.
Life after the 'C.' Staal, others can thrive without being team captain

Life after the 'C.' Staal, others can thrive without being team captain

When former captains, such as the Wild's Eric Staal, come into their new team's locker room, they have to recalibrate from being the main voice to becoming part of the ensemble.
Gophers left wing Brent Gates Jr. (10) celebrated with teammates Tyler Nanne (29) and Tyler Sheehy (22) after scoring a goal in the second period.

Gophers finally break through to beat Penn State, winning 4-1

Brent Gates Jr. scored the go-ahead goal for the Gophers, his fifth consecutive game with a score.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko, during a game last weekend.

Penn State again gets the better of Gophers hockey, winning 4-2

The Nittany Lions scored three consecutive goals to take the opening game of the weekend series.
Failed whacks at the puck by (from left) Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise summed up the Wild’s frustration Tuesday.

Wild's missed second chances adding up, causing players to tighten up

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Wednesday noted the pressure players felt as the Wild racked up misfires Tuesday's shutout home loss to the Sharks.
Logan Richter.

Gophers recruit Logan Richter finally joining the fold

Former Perham lineman "grayshirted" last season.

Déjà vu: Gophers hockey again ties Ohio State, again loses point in OT

The Gophers rallied from a two-goal deficit but the Buckeyes took the extra point for conference purposes thanks to freshman winger Quinn Preston's 3-on-3 overtime score.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk called himself “comfortable with myself and my game” despite some shaky stretches over the past two weeks.

Dubnyk says he's unfazed by bad stretches in Wild goal

Devan Dubnyk has lost four of his past six; in Thursday night's loss at Columbus, he gave up four goals on the first 14 shots but said "I'm comfortable with myself and my game."
J.T. Brown (23) of the Wild fought for netfront position on Tuesday against Arizona.

Wild hopes to shore up leaky third periods

A letdown against Arizona on Tuesday was the third happenstance in four games.
Kings goaltender Jack Campbell deflects a shot by Wild left wing Zach Parise during the first period last week. Parise later scored.

Parise over illness, feels ready to play Saturday for Wild

Zach Parise, who missed Thursday's game, said he felt OK at practice Friday and anticipated feeling even closer to full health for the game Saturday.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko watched his team during the third period against Minnesota Duluth in October. The Gophers lost Friday night at home to S

Gophers hockey opens six-game homestand with overtime loss to St. Lawrence

The Gophers rallied for two goals in the third period to tie, but St. Lawence's Michael Ederer spoiled the effort.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko

Gophers hockey concentrating on improving, not on Big Ten opponents

Gophers first-year coach Bob Motzko says it will take time to know league foes.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko directed his team during the third period against Minnesota Duluth last month.

Cutesy Gophers hockey routed by Mavericks in series opener

The Gophers allowed goals in the first minute of the second and third periods of a 5-1 loss to MSU Mankato. "There's just a lot of cuteness to our team that doesn't belong in hockey," coach Bob Motzko said.
Gophers goalies Mat Robson, left, and Eric Schierhorn.

Gophers goalie situation is a good problem to have

Head coach Bob Motzko says Mat Robson and Eric Schierhorn both have been outstanding.
In this Sept. 22, 2018 file photo, Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall (15) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Portland Timbers in the f

Loons face an unwelcome repeat vs. Columbus in regular-season finale

The Loons, already eliminated from playoff contention, face Columbus at Mapfre Stadium on Sunday in the final regular-season game with a dubious distinction possible.
Loons forward Darwin Quintero says the team needs to win more matches next season for greater visibility.

In Year 2, Loons' fortunes were better off the field than in games

Minnesota United's business side is, in many ways, thriving, with a new soccer-specific stadium set to open. But the on-field product has lagged as its second MLS season draws to a close Sunday.
Minnesota United FC has sold more than 50,000 tickets for the final MLS home game at TCF Bank Stadium, before the Loons move to a new venue across the

Loons close out TCF Bank Stadium rental with '50k to Midway'

Minnesota United officials expect 52,000 fans Sunday afternoon for the Loons' match with L.A. Galaxy, the final game at TCF Bank Stadium before Allianz Field opens next spring.
Jason Zucker(16) and Eric Staal, who celebrated the Wild’s first goal against the Blackhawks on Thursday night, are two of the leaders Wild teammate

Wild's veterans leading push through team's sluggish start

Young players have been reveling in watching the big-name players on the roster work.
Wild goalie Devan Dubynk stopped Vegas’ Paul Stastny on Saturday night.

Dubnyk bright spot in Wild's slow start while offense seeks answers

A four-day stretch between an overtime loss to Vegas and Thursday's match with Chicago has the team reconfiguring forward lines.
Minnesota defenseman Clayton Phillips (18) and forward Brannon McManus (7) celebrate McManus' second goal of the night off an assist by Phillips in th

Gophers hockey finds its way, tops No. 1 Duluth 7-4 in home opener

Bob Motzko picked up his first win as Gophers coach, even if he went to the wrong bench to start. Meanwhile, the top-ranked Bulldogs outshot No. 13 Minnesota 46-22 but had trouble finding the back of the net.
Iowa defensive back Riley Moss intercepted a pass intended for Gophers receiver Tyler Johnson during the fourth quarter.

Iowa freshman cornerback Moss passes exam vs. Gophers

Hawkeyes fill-in Riley Moss had two of Iowa's four interceptions Saturday vs. the Gophers.
Bob Motzko thought he would have time this past summer to relax and fish at his cabin. Instead, the former St. Cloud State hockey coach took the high-

Bob Motzko on a mission to transfer winning formula to U hockey

New coach may not know everyone's name yet, but he's seeking to build a family atmosphere with the Gophers like the one that worked so well for him in St. Cloud.
Coach Adrian Heath (left) and general manager Manny Lagos

Loons CEO says Heath, GM Lagos 'get passing grade'

With Minnesota United nearly two full seasons into its MLS existence and having a combined record of 20-34-9, many have wondered if a change in leadership is on the horizon.
Loons midfielder Fernando Bob was ejected in the second half Saturday against the Portland Timbers.

Loons midfielders Bob, Maximiano suspended for next game

Minnesota United players Fernando Bob and Maximiano will both miss the next game with suspensions.
Loons defender Michael Boxall said he “blacked out” Saturday vs. the Timbers as he celebrated his first-half goal, which his fiancée predicted wo

Quick to start, slow to finish: Loons hang on to defeat Portland 3-2

Up 3-0, the Loons allowed two late goals and sustained a red card but secured the victory over the Timbers.
Minnesota United’s Darwin Quintero has emerged as a team leader on offense and with his teammates.

Loons popular designated player Quintero a leader in taking losses hard, too

Well-known to soccer fans in Mexico, designated player Darwin Quintero has shined with the Loons, on offense and with teammates, even as defeats keep him up at night.
The Loons’ Wyatt Omsberg, left, battled for the ball with New York Red Bulls’ Florian Valot earlier this season.

United rookie Omsberg gets chance to start in tough road match

Wyatt Omsberg, Mason Toye and Carter Manley have seen limited playing time in their rookie seasons but say they've progressed since they were drafted in January.
English star Wayne Rooney is the latest European veteran to find MLS to his liking.

Minnesota United-D.C. United gameday preview

The Loons, refreshed for their end-of-season push, visit MLS' latest soccer-specific stadium.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez was perfect through eight innings on Saturday night.

Royals starter Lopez throws eight perfect innings in win vs. Twins

Max Kepler's walk to lead off the ninth inning prevented a perfect game, and Robbie Grossman singled one batter later to break up the no-hitter but the Royals still won 4-1.
Chase De Jong

De Jong's Twins debut a family affair

When Chase De Jong makes his Sunday start at Target Field - four hours from his father's hometown - he will be the 53rd Twin to play this season, which tops last year's club record of 52.
J.T. Brown of the Wild says he enjoys the spontaneity of the Battle Royale-style games.

Pro-style obsession: Local athletes flock to Fortnite

The video game sensation Fortnite counts well-paid athletes among its biggest players. "They definitely got me," Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie said.
Minnesota's wide receiver Seth Green faked a handoff to running back Rodney Smith and rushed for a touchdown in the second quarter Minnesota took on N

Secret weapon? Seth Green runs the wildcat, scores twice for Gophers

The former East Ridge star had a tough conversation with coach P.J. Fleck when he was told that he wasn't a quarterback candidate. But other roles have popped up.
Minnesota United defender Tyrone Mears, acquired last December, agreed to mutually terminate his contract to help facilitate a move to play soccer clo

Loons sever ties with defender Tyrone Mears

The team said the 35-year-old right back, acquired last December, had agreed to mutually terminate his contract to help facilitate a move to play soccer closer to family in his home country.
Midfielder Fernando Bob, center, playing with Brazil’s Ponte Preta in a 2015 international friendly at Orlando City, is joining Minnesota United.

Is Bob the answer? Loons sign defensive midfielder from Brazil

Fernando Bob, 30, has played for eight clubs at various levels in Brazil in his pro career, most recently with top-flight club Associacao Atletica Ponte Preta.
Winger Romario Ibarra (11), who signed with the Loons last month, could start against Dallas FC on Saturday.

Formation shift possible for Minnesota United's match at FC Dallas

The Loons might be driven by absences back to a familiar formation.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson is trying to be a leader among a young group of players at his position. There are no seniors; he is one of three

'Coach Tyler.' North High's Johnson takes on being a boss for Gophers

During captains' practices, Tyler Johnson took up a new position in addition to being a Gophers star receiver: "He's like the coach out there," a teammate explained.
Brent Kallman has put a full career’s worth into his time with the Minnesota United franchise.

Home-grown Kallman on track for rare one-team career with Loons

Christian Ramirez's departure makes Brent Kallman, from Woodbury, the Loons' only player who hasn't strayed.
Christian Ramirez (left), known to United fans as 'Superman," has been sent to LAFC in a deal that could bring up to $1 million to the Loons.

Loons sell popular Ramirez to LAFC in deal that could fetch $1 million

Christian Ramirez, the Loons' leading scorer from 2017, has been with the club since 2014 in the North American Soccer League and was a fan favorite in Minnesota.
Minnesota United's Angelo Rodriguez.

What's ahead for Loons after Heath benches leading scorer Ramirez?

Rumors have swirled for weeks about striker Christian Ramirez's potential departure now that Angelo Rodriguez has arrived. Ramirez didn't play at all in Saturday's loss.
Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) shoots and scores the game's only first half goal.

Loons strike early before losing crucial match to Seattle

Frustration boiled over after United's 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders, a game key members of the team called the season's most important in terms of the Loons' slim playoff hopes.
Darwin Quintero (left) and Francisco Calvo

Quintero, Calvo are confident All-Stars

After Minnesota United had no players in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game in its inaugural season, the Loons sent two representatives to Wednesday's game against Italian club Juventus in Atlanta.
Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez (5) went down as he collided with Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi (9) in the first half.

Danladi turns to veteran teammate Quintero for advice on injuries

Darwin Quintero is Minnesota United's star designated player, but the playmaker also took on a new role off the field: Abu Danladi's personal trainer.
A.C. Milan forward Suso (8) took a first-half shot on goal while Tottenham Hotspur defender Anthony Georgiou (42) closed in. Tottenham Hotspur edged A

Hotspur tops A.C. Milan in match that features more youth than stars

When Tottenham Hotspur F.C. beat A.C. Milan 1-0 at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, many top players were still on a break after the tournament.
Vikings players posed with players from Tottenham Hotspur at the new TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

Tottenham comes to town for match and to boost Vikings relationship

When it comes to the Vikings' relationship with Tottenham Hotspur, the distance from London to Minneapolis might as well be the short trip from U.S. Bank Stadium to a Minneapolis pub.
Darwin Quintero has been a standout since joining the Loons in early spring.

Loons scoring leader Quintero added to MLS All-Star roster

The 30-year-old Colombian joined United during the season and has nine goals in 17 games.
Angelo Rodriguez, a 29-year-old Colombian striker, is Minnesota United’s second designated player, a category that means he’s paid more and that m

Angelo Rodriguez, Loons' newest designated player, has plenty to offer

Two designated players give the Loons a double dose of good examples.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra, left, said, “We want to go to the playoffs. We’ve got to win away games.”

Road woes must go for Minnesota United's playoff chances to improve

With only one road win, United desperately needs points away from home to keep MLS playoffs in play.
Loons outside back Jerome Thiesson has been out two months because of a pesky calf injury and endured two setbacks, but says he's nearly ready to retu

Loons outside back Thiesson happy about vigorous workout

He has currently missed nine games, including Sunday's match against LAFC, because of a calf strain.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth reached for a first-half shot against New England. “It puts a lot of pressure on us to win games at home because we ha

Third game in nine days a grind for winning but weary Loons

After a second straight home win on Wednesday, the Loons play LAFC on Sunday with a chance to get all nine points from their homestand.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra (10)

Second Ibarra expected to help Loons (and he won't be confused with team's other Ibarra)

Romario Ibarra arrived for Minnesota United's training Monday and could debut as early as Sunday - with Miguel Ibarra already in tow.
Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero watched his first-half shot roll past New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner

Productive first half helps Loons pick up another home victory

It wasn't the smoothest game for Minnesota United but Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero provided enough offense before halftime.
Toronto FC defender Eriq Zavaleta (15) looked on as Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) jumped for a header earlier this month at TCF Bank

Minnesota United's Christian Ramirez welcomes addition of another striker

Last year's leading scorer is satisfied with addition of Angelo Rodriguez.
Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) falls to his back as Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) eyes the ball in the second half

Heath fumes after Loons forced to hang on vs. Salt Lake

Minnesota United took a commanding 3-0 lead in the second half before Salt Lake scored two goals in 8 minutes to put the pressure on. And that did not please the Loons coach.
Chris Wright

Loons CEO Wright tells fans to be patient in team's 'build'

Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright acknowledged in a teleconference the club strives to win but has been working toward the new stadium opening for next season.
Loons goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a save off a corner kick againt Houston on April 28. But opponents have been more successful on set pieces ag

Loons' struggles with set pieces reach critical point in MLS season

United has yet to score a goal from a set piece — dead-ball situations such as direct free kicks and corners. But the Loons have allowed one free-kick goal and seven corner-kick goals, including five in the past six games.
Michael Barrantes celebrated in front of Harrison Heath at the end of the game.

Loons fall 2-1 to Costa Rican team Deportivo Saprissa

The midweek international friendly was a chance for Loons reserve players to see some action before the MLS schedule picks up again this weekend.
Ángelo Rodriguez, left, playing with Colombia’s Tolima in June of 2017.

Loons add Colombian Ángelo Rodriguez as second designated player

He is expected to bring grit, toughness and leadership to the Loons. Rodriguez joins Darwin Quintero as players who are paid more than the salary cap limitations.
Ecuador's Romario Ibarra, went against Argentina last October.

Loons sign Ecuadorean standout Ibarra

Romario Ibarra comes from Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica in Ecuador's top division and is seen as a potential "difference-maker" by Loons coach Adrian Heath.
Forward Darwin Quintero got the Loons off to a quick start against Toronto FC with a goal in the eighth minute Wednesday at TCF Bank Stadium -- the fi

Quintero's hat trick carries Minnesota United past Toronto FC

His three goals in the 4-3 victory were a first for the club in the MLS era.
Center back Francisco Calvo played a total of 105 minutes at the World Cup, starting Costa Rica’s 1-0 loss to Serbia and coming on as a sub in the t

World Cup experience 'a dream' for Minnesota United's Calvo

Calvo played a total of 105 minutes at the World Cup, starting Costa Rica's 1-0 loss to Serbia and coming on as a sub in the team's 2-0 loss to Brazil before sitting out the 2-2 draw with Switzerland.
Loons coach Adrian Heath says his team is better this season than last even if its record disputes that premise.

Minnesota United needs run of wins to get in playoff contention

The Loons sit in ninth place nearly halfway through the season.
Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez raced to get behind a long pass on the FC Dallas goal in the first half Friday night.

Loons new formation works well against FC Dallas

United went to a 3-5-2 in Friday's loss to FC Dallas.
Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin

Loons midfielder Martin comes out publicly that he's gay

Collin Martin is the only publicly gay male athlete active in the five major pro leagues. He also is believed to be the first man in Minnesota to come out during his playing career.
FC Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti and United defender Michael Boxall (battle for the ball in front of the FC Dallas goal on Friday.

Loons reach halfway point in season, fall 1-0 to FC Dallas

United had to deviate from its usual formation with a 3-5-2, as winger Miguel Ibarra was not available for the game after a red card suspension. Dallas won with a goal in the 59th minute.
Minnesota United has been dedicated to publicly including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community since the current owners

Loons extend effort in supporting diversity

On Friday against FC Dallas, Minnesota United will host its fifth annual Pride Night. The Loons have been dedicated to publicly including the LGBTQ community since the current ownership group took charge
Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath

Heath threatens roster moves if Loons road woes continue

Adrian Heath said the next few weeks will be a time to assess if the club has the personnel to solve its problems. And if not, players could be coming and going until the transfer window shuts Aug. 8.
Minnesota United midfielder Alexi Gomez (32) reacted after his team’s 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo. The Loons have not won a game at Houston�

Watch at 7:30 p.m.: Loons vs. Houston in U.S. Open Cup round of 16

The Minnesota United-Houston winner will face defending champion Sporting Kansas City, which knocked the Loons out in their first game of the tournament last season.
Costa Rica’s Francisco Calvo, Minnesota United’s captain, will realize a lifelong dream when he plays at the World Cup.

Loons captain Calvo ready to kick it on the world stage for Costa Rica

Costa Rica, with Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo on board, will open its World Cup campaign 7 a.m. Sunday against Serbia.
Flags with the logo of the World Cup 2018 are displayed with the St. Basil's Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 4, 2018. The

In World Cup, Loons root, root, root for their home teams

Nine players on Minnesota United's 30-man roster have countries in the World Cup, as does coach Adrian Heath with England. With all those rooting interests, there's a fair amount of trash talking going on.
United States head coach Dave Sarachan watches DeAndre Yedlin (2) throw-in the ball during the second half of an international friendly soccer match a

Failing grade: College soccer seen as culprit in USA missing World Cup

The past eight months have been rife with finger-pointing on the problems with soccer in the United States. A longer NCAA season is seen as one way for the U.S. to keep pace with world.
Minnesota United and defender Brent Kallman, above, suffered a tough loss Sunday, and will need to regroup and have their heads in the game for a U.S.

Minnesota United tries to rebound against future MLS foe Cincinnati

A U.S. Open Cup game against a hungry FC Cincinnati team awaits.
Parker Ehrreich, 12, has the same kind of cancer Matt Lampson had as a teenager. During this visit, Lampson eventually coaxed a smile out of him.

Lampson's heroes: Helping young cancer patients personal

United's Matt Lampson survived IVB Hodgkin's lymphoma — the latest stage for the disease — as a teenager to eventually become a pro soccer player. Now, he's a regular at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
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