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Megan Ryan

Reporter | Minnesota United, MLS
Megan Ryan covers Minnesota United FC and Major League Soccer for the Star Tribune. Previously, she reported on that other kind of football at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Penn State) and the Dallas Morning News (Friday Night Lights). She's a University of Minnesota grad and a native of the state.
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Darwin Quintero stood Amos Magee, left, MNUFC director of player personnel and coach Adrian Heath at the news conference where he was introduced Monda

Darwin Quintero brings soccer swagger to overlooked Minnesota United

The Loons' first 'designated player' signing, who is likely to command a seven-figure salary, said he is excited to bring his offensive firepower to the second-year MLS franchise.
Minnesota United midfielder Ibson (7) went down as he tried to settle a long pass in front of the Atlanta United goal in the second half.

After maddening loss, Loons get two weeks to chill

Minnesota United will have to wait two weeks before it can do its talking on the pitch. But in the meantime, there's some self-reflection to do.
Darwin Quintero, greeted by Minnesota United fans when he arrived Wednesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, has signed with the team.

Minnesota United signs its first designated player, Darwin Quintero

The high-profile acquisition is expected to attend but not play in the Loons' game Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium against Atlanta United.
Darwin Quintero, left, posed for a photo with a Loons fan at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Quintero is expected to sign soon with Minnes

Loons step up, paying big for Colombian star Darwin Quintero

After failing at first, Minnesota United tried again, and the Loons will likely have their first high-profile signing within the week.
The Loons’ Sam Nicholson dribbled the ball in a 3-0 loss against the New York Red Bulls.

Heath: New personnel no excuse for Loons ugly loss

Injury-depleted Minnesota United lost 3-0 to New York Red Bulls on Saturdays, causing winger Ethan Finlay to remark: 'I thought we had left this in 2017.'
Minnesota United goalkeeper Matt Lampson looked for an open teammate to throw the ball to after making a save in the first half Saturday.

Minnesota United defense is taking shape

New Loons goalkeeper Matt Lampson said, "These past two games have been some of the best defensive team efforts I've seen."
Minnesota United defender Tyrone Mears (4) dove to clear the ball as Chicago Fire forward Luis Solignac (9) went in for a shot on Minnesota United goa

Loons send fans home happy with victory in TCF Bank opener

Despite the loss of star Kevin Molino, the Loons held off the Chicago Fire in front of 23,000.
United head coach Adrian Heath

Loons continue push to add to roster

"We've said all along that if the right players became available, we'd try to do it," Minnesota United FC coach Adrian Heath said.
A snowy first: Minnesota United super fans, Dark Clouds and True North Elite members, packed into the supporters section behind the goal for the home

Big, loud Loons crowds make for a happy (and temporary) home

Another strong showing is expected for Minnesota United's second (and final) TCF Bank Stadium opener Saturday. And the forecast is for friendlier weather this time.
United midfielder Kevin Molino scored the Loons’ first two goals of the season against San Jose. His injury leaves a big void in the Loons’ offens

Loons star Molino likely lost for the season after knee injury

Star midfielder Kevin Molino tore the ACL in his left knee in Saturday's victory over Orlando City and will most likely be out for the remainder of the season.
Loons rookie forward Mason Toye made an impact in his MLS debut Saturday night, helping to set up Ethan Finlay’s winning goal in a 3-2 victory at Or

Rookie Toye figures it out in first game for Loons

Mason Toye came through in the teen's MLS debut.
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino (18) flies through the air as Orlando City goalkeeper Joseph Bendik (1) makes a save during the first half of

Molino injury puts damper on Loons' first win

The scene on the pitch after Minnesota United beat Orlando City 2-1 on Saturday was the picture of relief, thanks to a hard-fought game that neither injuries nor adversity could derail for United against coach Adrian Heath's former club.
Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) looks to an official for a call after a collision during the second half of an MLS soccer match agains

Ramirez back in as a starter for the Loons

Minnesota United's leading scorer from last season started last weekend's opener at San Jose on the bench before coming in for injured Abu Danladi in the first half.
Adrian Heath’s passionate outbursts made him a crowd favorite before he was let go in Orlando.

Loons gearing up for Adrian Heath's emotional return to Orlando

The Loons coach was ousted in 2016, before Orlando's new stadium was built.
San Jose midfielder Vako, right, celebrated after scoring a goal past Minnesota United goalkeeper Matthew Lampson during the first half Saturday night

Minnesota United seeks to build on good after defensive errors sink season opener

Miscues put the Loons in a hole in their second season opener, a loss at San Jose.
Minnesota United’s Tyrone Mears, head coach Adrian Heath, and Christian Ramirez

Year Two crew: Loons must bridge gap from first MLS season to new stadium

Minnesota United FC has done a lot of work to avoid a dropoff in Year Two of the MLS, a season that won't have the fresh shine of a first-year in a new league and still waiting for the doors to open on a new stadium.
Mason Toye (8)

Minnesota United adds three SuperDraft picks to 2018 roster

Forward Mason Toye, center back Wyatt Omsberg and right back Carter Manley will join the club for its second season of MLS play.
Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller (20) steals the ball from Columbus Crew midfielder Cristian Martinez (18) during the first half Saturday

Loons drop final preseason match 2-0 to Columbus Crew SC

Coach Adrian Heath called Saturday's effort "good in patches."
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino, during a game last season.

Heath changes approach, Loons draw 1-1 with Atlanta in preseason match

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath is experimenting with lineups during the lead up to the March 3 MLS opener at San Jose.

Minnesota United signs Brazilian midfielder Luiz Fernando

No timetable was set for the 22-year-old to join the club, though coach Adrian Heath said he hopes it's soon.
The Capitals' Tom Wilson (43) celebrates a goal as the Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46), goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) and Matt Dumba (24) react

Wild's franchise-record home points streak ends with 5-2 loss to Washington

The Capitals on Thursday handed the Wild just its fifth regulation home loss at Xcel Energy Center this season, and first since Dec. 13.
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin

Stopping Ovechkin always a concern for opponents

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin won the NHL All-Star competition for hardest shot this year, posting a 101.3-mph strike that made him the first forward since 2002 to garner the title.
Minnesota United FC drew a standing-room crowd when it unveiled its 2018 uniform design Sunday at the Mall of America.

Minnesota United FC draws a big crowd for uniform unveiling

Fan base's turnout at the Mall of America is seen as a sign of the Loons' relevancy.
Vegas goaltender Malcolm Subban was unable to make the save as Wild center Eric Staal put the puck in past him in the first period.

Wild takes advantage of sluggish Vegas in another home victory

With Friday night's win over the Golden Knights, the Wild is 8-0-2 at home since the holiday break.
Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter

Niederreiter's return puts Wild at full strength

For just the third game this season, the Wild was at full strength. The mark came Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights, when Nino Niederreiter returned to the lineup.
ESPN coordinating director Mike Feinberg called Crystal Court a very unique space for all of its sight lines. “Even from above, people can see us.�

ESPN takes up shop in the IDS Center

Lunchtime in the Crystal Court was even busier than usual Wednesday. People crowded the floor and lined up along the skyway railings, smartphones raised to…
GameStop at the Mall of America was a hot spot to do some Eagle watching — indoor style — Sunday.

GameStop at Mall of America turned into Eagles' stop Sunday

After a series of six calls, a voice mail, an e-mail exchange and two walks to the Mall of America's GameStop store, the Star Tribune…
The Treasure Island Center building had its grand opening on Tuesday in St. Paul. Here, workers were putting the finishing touches on the exterior.

Wild players rave about their new practice space

The six-floor Treasure Island Center on the site of the former Macy's building in downtown St. Paul sports the rink on the fifth floor, a wall of windows on one side.
Minnesota United held its first day of preseason training Tuesday at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Here (left to right) Carter Manley, Tyrone

Minnesota United starts preseason training with one foot down

The additions reported to work in good condition.
Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay said he can’t wait to reconnect with teammates for his first full Loons season.

Loons enter camp looking to jell in second season

Training camp to open Monday with 27 players on a squad still building.
Vikings Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur during practice at Winter Park Thursday morning.

Shurmur named PFWA Assistant Coach of the Year

In his first full season as Vikings offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur scripted the offense to 11th in the NFL at 358.9 yards per game and seventh in the league with 68 plays of 20 yards or more.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock looks back at Calgary's game winning goal in overtime.

Wild loses to Flames in overtime after rallying from two-goal hole

A pair of third-period goals knotted Tuesday's game with Calgary but the Flames picked up the extra point at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter celebrated his hat trick in the second period against Buffalo last week.

Niederreiter on the shelf again with lower-body injury

Nino Niederreiter did not play Tuesday against Calgary at Xcel Energy Center. A team spokesman confirmed Niederreiter would be out for the next week with a lower-body injury.
Cameroon native Frantz Pangop, left, will join Minnesota United for the upcoming 2018 MLS season. Photo provided by Minnesota United FC

Minnesota United adds Cameroon national team midfielder

Frantz Pangop, who scored for his native country in a World Cup qualifying game in October, will "get people out of their seats,'' a team official said.
Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal celebrates a goal against Boston earlier this season.

3-on-3 All-Star format could mean snub for Wild's Staal

The abundance of star forwards in the Central Division means that Eric Staal could be passed over in favor of defenseman Ryan Suter or goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez received a call-up to play with the U.S. men’s national team.

Minnesota United's Ramirez to join U.S. men's national team

Loons striker received first call-up to U.S. Soccer camp.
Zach Parise was back at Wild practice on Dec. 15.

AHL game 'enjoyable' for Wild's Parise

Zach Parise skated in Iowa on Thursday night for the AHL Wild, playing for the first time in eight months.
Alex Stalock, far right, has never played more than 24 games in a season, but (if healthy) it sounds like the Wild envisions him breaking that mark. �

Upon Dubnyk's return, Wild might have found 1-2 punch in net

Alex Stalock has filled in admirably the past seven games and two periods for injured No. 1 Devan Dubnyk and has helped the Wild build up some momentum entering this second half of the season
Wild forward Zach Parise likely will play Thursday night with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild against the Rockford IceHogs in Des Moines.

Wild sends Parise to Iowa minor league team to continue recovery

The veteran Wild forward likely will play Thursday night with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild against the Rockford IceHogs in Des Moines.
The Wild’s Eric Staal tried to get control of the puck in the first period against the Stars on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild comes back from holiday break with 4-2 win over Dallas

Back-and-forth game goes Minnesota's way thanks to strong second period.
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) looked to take a shot on Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) in the second period.

Mikko Koivu's scoring slump growing more frustrating

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he re-teamed Koivu with winger Mikael Granlund, whom he called the Wild's "best offensive player" and "best playmaker," as a way to generate some success from the center.
Krissy Wendell practiced with the Wild on Friday.

Krissy Wendell practices with Wild to support Girls Hockey Weekend

Former Gophers star and Team USA Olympian Krissy Wendell said she was a little hesitant at first to accept the invite, even quizzing former teammate Natalie Darwitz about it, as she skated with the Wild last year.
Gophers volleyball is taking its ‘all 18’ mentality to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend and hoping to return to Minnesota with a ticket to the Fina

Depth, 'incremental improvement' keys to U volleyball's Final Four hopes

Across all positions and in all four classes — from Minnesota's true freshmen to seniors — there is depth, and at least one standout player.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and backup Alex Stalock celebrated a victory over Vegas on Thursday. Dubnyk followed that with a win Saturday over the Bl

Ironing out little things are big in Dubnyk's success

While his recent play has been up, down and then back up again, goalie Devan Dubnyk said he's ready to even out that volatility.
Minnesota outside hitter Alexis Hart (19) celebrated after scoring a point off a spike in the firs set against the University of Northern Iowa.

Gophers stay the course, advance to NCAA volleyball regional

The Gophers are 28-5 after Saturday's win over Northern Iowa, and one step closer to making a third consecutive trip to the Final Four.
Defender Kevin Venegas, right, was among players Minnesota United released in moves announced Monday.

Minnesota United looks to 2018 by cutting ties with nine players

Defenders Kevin Venegas and Justin Davis, who played for the club before its move to MLS, were let go along with Ish Jome, who grew up in Brooklyn Park.
Middle blocker Regan Pittman (21) and the Gophers volleyball team earned a No. 7 seed and will face North Dakota in its first game of the NCAA tournam

Gophers volleyball gets No. 7 seed, plays host to UND in NCAA opener

Minnesota, which has been to the Final Four in the last two seasons and is a host for the first two rounds, is in the same bracket as No. 2-ranked Florida.
Zack Mitchell watched his first NHL goal trickle into the net against the Islanders on Oct. 26 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild hopes Mitchell adds some zip to its offense

The Iowa Wild's leading scorer has swagger, and the NHL team wants in on it.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made a save on a second-period shot by Flyers center Scott Laughton while Wild defenseman Ryan Suter attended to the rebound.

Third straight shutout, first-minute goal spark Wild past Flyers

Devan Dubnyk extended his team-record streak of shutout minutes and Nino Niederreiter tied a record by scoring 12 seconds into Tuesday night's game at the X.
Charlie Coyle played the puck during a preseason game against Winnipeg.

Wild's Coyle back on skates five weeks after breaking leg

The veteran forward has no timetable for return to lineup.
If the Wild’s Jason Zucker is lacking any sleep after the birth of his son, it’s not showing on the ice, where he’s scored six consecutive goals

Jason Zucker is the Wild's big daddy of scoring

The Wild winger has the chance to equal, or even break, the NHL record for consecutive goals against Philadelphia at the X.
Gophers guard Carlie Wagner attempted a jump shot over Lehigh forward Gena Grundhoffer in the first quarter on Saturday.

Gophers open women's basketball season with 107-73 rout of Lehigh

Minnesota opened the game on an 18-2 run, and cruised to its ninth straight season-opening victory.
Nebraska’s JD Spielman, stopped by the Gophers’ Duke McGhee, had nine catches for 141 yards and 150 yards on seven kickoff returns, but it wasn’

Nebraska humbled by Gophers' beatdown; questions continue to surround Riley's future

Gophers' blowout victory intensifies an already hot seat under Nebraska coach Mike Riley
Ohio State got to know JD Spielman real well on Oct. 14. Nebraska’s redshirt freshman from Eden Prairie had 200 receiving yards in the Buckeyes’ v

JD Spielman returns to Minnesota as Nebraska's new dynamic weapon

JD Spielman's first collegiate touch was a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Nebraska's season-opening victory against Arkansas State.
Hockey player Christian Horn, working with mental skills coach Hans Skulstad, sat with mouse traps on his legs to simulate a stressful situation durin

'Hey, Doc. I'd love to talk': When athletes work on their mental game

Kyle Gibson of the Twins credits a sports psychology professional with helping to turn around his 2017 season, and other Minnesota athletes have worked on their mental game since they were teenagers.
Wild center Mikko Koivu was called for goalkeeping interference after getting tangled with goalie Corey Crawford in the second period.

Two late goals send Chicago to 2-0 victory over Wild

The season's longest homestand ended with a tough loss and 3-3 record.
Visitation’s Kira Johansen controlled the ball while on defense against Orono’s Anna Tesar in the second half of their Class 1A semifinal match.

Orono stays undefeated in semifinal, faces Mahtomedi in girls 1A soccer title match

The Spartans will put 19-0 record on line for title vs. Mahtomedi.
A two-on-two drill gave goalie Alex Stalock his goal-scoring moment at a Wild workout in Bloomington Ice Garden.

Goal by goalie highlights Wild practice in Bloomington

Two-on-two drill gives Alex Stalock his moment at Bloomington workout.
Jason Zucker fed off the energy of the crowd as he celebrated a first-period goal against the New York Islanders on Thursday. On Friday, the Wild left

Wild's Zucker receives congratulations, advice after birth of son

Jason Zucker and wife Carly welcomed Hendrix Scott Zucker, 7 pounds and 19 inches, on Friday, joining Carly's 7-year-old daughter Sophia in the family.
New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) was unable to stop the puck as Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) scored a goal on New York I

Wild savors win over Islanders – briefly

After a victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday, lighthearted moods were allowable for the Wild. But coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't want it to linger - especially with Pittsburgh on deck.
Defender Francisco Calvo was one of the Loons that coach Adrian Heath complimented recently, adding “We have five, six core pieces that we are reall

Loons holding exit interviews. How many exits will be permanent?

After finishing with the fourth worst record in MLS, coach Adrian Heath expects United's roster turnover could be from five to seven players before the team's second season.
Minnesota United midfielder Ibson reacted after he missed a goal against Sporting Kansas City earlier this month. The Loons’ season ended on a simil

Season-ending loss in San Jose a snapshot of Loons' debut season

"It's a microcosm of the season. Sloppy giveaways, poor decision-making in our own half and then the ball ends up in the back of the net," coach Adrian Heath said of Sunday's loss.
Minnesota United averaged 20,538 fans per home match this season at TCF Bank Stadium. Going into Sunday’s season finale, its record is 10-17-6.

Minnesota United finds its wings in its inaugural MLS season

Predictably, the first MLS season was not pretty at times, but Minnesota United proved it is in this for the long haul.
Marcus Foligno hasn’t played since Oct. 12, when he was injured during a fight in Chicago.

Wild's Foligno set to play, will wear protective cage

Marcus Foligno returned to practice for the first time since last week's game at Chicago, where a fight with John Hayden gave the winger a facial fracture that required minor surgery.
Christian Ramirez (left) is excited about playing the Galaxy in Los Angeles. StubHub Center has “always been like home,” he said.

Loons players with California roots glad to return

Minnesota United expects to have a few hundred fans at Sunday's match vs. the L.A. Galaxy.
Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle is out 6-8 weeks with a broken leg, the team announced Friday.

Coyle out 6-8 weeks with broken leg; Neiderreiter, Foligno also out

Charlie Coyle suffered a broken leg Thursday night in Chicago, and had surgery Friday. Marcus Foligno has a left facial fracture incurred in a fight while Nino Neiderreiter has a high left ankle sprain.
United States' Christian Pulisic, (10) is comforted after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying match

'How far have we regressed?' Loons stunned by World Cup failure

"My generation, this was our generation for the World Cup," Minnesota United winger Ethan Finlay said of the United States being knocked out of the 2018 tournament.
Chris Stewart

Wild's 'great leader' Stewart keeps scoring in style

Veteran winger Chris Stewart is a proven leader in the locker room and on the ice. Through two games, Stewart leads the Wild with two goals and an assist.
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Parise adds intrigue to injury, might be 'out of the woods'

Parise skated with the Wild on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. But there's no timetable for his return to game action.
Minnesota United center back Brent Kallman, left, said just because this season is now a wash in terms of trophies doesn’t mean the Loons will check

Minnesota United promises a determined finish to their season

Players have two games to state cases for next season.
Minnesota United fans turned out in voice and in spirit, but its first-year crowds averaged half the size of those drawn by expansion rival Atlanta.

Atlanta United soccer sets new standard for first-year success on and off the pitch

Minnesota United's fellow expansion team has not only clinched a playoff spot but set an attendance record to help brand itself in its market.
Loons fans waited for Saturday’s match, the regular-season home finale at TCF Bank Stadium, to begin.

Loons players, coaches impressed by fans in first MLS season

Ahead of United's last home match of the year, the club anticipated its fourth consecutive lower-bowl sellout and sixth consecutive crowd of more than 20,000.

Loons coach says there's lot to play for in final matches

While Minnesota United's slim playoff hopes are still clinging to life, coach Adrian Heath has remained adamant that these last few matches of the Loons' inaugural MLS season are very important regardless.
Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay is congratulated by teammate Kevin Molino (18) after scoring in the first half against the Philadelphia Union

Loons win wild comeback victory over Atlanta

Down 2-1 in stoppage time, the Loons scored twice against their fellow expansion side to steal a road victory.
Minnesota United's roster has gone through an extensive overhaul since the starting 11 posed for this prematch photo before the team's 6-1 loss to fel

Loons have extra motivation against Atlanta after awful showing in opener

Of the 18 players with Minnesota United when it lost 6-1 to MLS' other expansion team in their opening game, only four are still regular starters.
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